One approach for obtaining a waiver of the J-1 2-year home residency requirement relies on support from an Interested Government Agency (IGA)
One of four possible grounds for a J-1 waiver includes the support of an interested United States Government agency. According to the regulations, the foreign national applicant must be “actively and substantially involved in a program or activity sponsored by or of interest to [the] agency”, and “the grant[ing] of [a] waiver … would be in the public interest” and the program or activity would be detrimentally affected were the foreign national “unable to continue his or her involvement.”
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published an updated list of criteria required for consideration of an IGA waiver applications. As you will note these criteria are rigorous and demanding but can be met with the right facts.