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Passport Doing Electives on Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

I am from a country that qualifys for the visa waiver program, which means I can travel to the US without a visa for up to 92 days.
I am planning to do 5 months of electives (have not applied yet or anything, so assuming I would get 5 months).
It would be much cheaper to do all the electives at once, which means stay in the US the whole time.
What kind of visa would I need for those electives?
Do I need to go back to my home country for two years after that?
Cause if that is the case, it might be easier (but more expensive) to go to the US for 3 months, then fly home, and then go back again for another visa waiver.
I need advice, because it all depends on how I will apply for electives.

I hope someone can help me!
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Edit: The visa waiver program allows up to 90 days without a visa.
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I suggest you apply for regular B1/B2 Visa to come and do the electives so that you are not restricted by the 90 days rule.

There's no two years home country requirement for the Visa Waiver Program. The two years home country requirement applies to J1 Visa, for more details read here
J1 Visa Waiver Jobs and other waivers

Again, elective rotations are done under the regular B1/B2 Visa and it should be easy to get since your are from a VWP country, just show them your elective appointments.

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Thank you Sabio!
So if I apply for a B1/B2 visa and show them my elective apointments, for how long will I usually get a visa? Because I have read of ppl getting 10 year multiple entry...
Also, could this hurt me at all for a later visa process for residency? (I know it probably doesn't, but just checking, there are so many things to consider..)
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The validity of B1/B2 Visa varies from six months to 10 years. It all depends on your country of nationality, your convincing facts, and the mood of the officer on that day.

You can change your visa status to J1 or H1B later on, it's not a problem.

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Thank you so much, sabio! You cleared up all my questions!
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