During review of your waiver application, the DOS contacts the DIS/NIH to learn whether or not the NIH supports the waiver. These comments, which can be favorable or unfavorable, are known as “Sponsor Views.” The DIS is the only office at the NIH with the authority to provide sponsor views to the DOS. We do not begin our review for sponsor views until we are formally contacted by the DOS. After receipt of the DOS request for sponsor views, the DIS/NIH will generally consider favorable sponsor views based on an employment offer to you from the NIH or an employer outside the NIH, but located within the U.S. The job offer must be made directly to you, the primary J-1 Exchange Visitor, and not to your J-2 dependent.
It takes the DIS/NIH up to thirty (30) days to consider a favorable sponsor view after receipt of the DOS sponsor view request AND the documents per
NIH’s Waiver Policy. You can check the status of DIS/NIH sponsor views via our online case status system. Enter your DOS waiver case number in the relevant field to check the status of sponsor views.
NIH's Waiver Policy to learn the full and exact details of what is required. Note that the NIH will not support a waiver based on an outside job offer that will place you at the NIH (such as a position with an NIH contractor). If you have received a job offer from the NIH, read the “Employment with NIH” section. If you have received a job offer outside the NIH, read the “Employment Outside NIH” section. In addition, you must review the conditions attached to the NIH issuing a favorable sponsor view in the “NIH Policy on NOS Waivers” section.
Please note NIH’s Waiver Policy does not apply to J-1 Exchange Visitors whose program was not sponsored by NIH. If DIS receives a sponsor view request for a J-1 Exchange Visitor whose J-1 program was not sponsored by the NIH, DIS will review these requests on a case by case basis and update the applicant following our response to DOS.