J1 from India- Waiver + O1 related question

Hi Anil,

I am on a J1 visa (home country India) which requires 2 year home residency requirement.

  1. If I am applying for a residency waiver and it gets approved, will I still be eligible to extend my J1 status.
  2. In case I get the waiver and would like to switch to an O1 visa , should I be visiting my home country.
  3. Does my J1 status cease as soon as I get a waiver.
  4. Is it possible to switch to a work visa (either H1B or O1) without an approved waiver?

Thanks in advance !

I will get back to you after verifying you questions.

I don’t have an answer right away.