My spouse entered US on a J-1 visa back in 1997. His adjustment application was denied due to 2 year foreign residency requirement. He is fairly certain he was not subject to the requirement. He no longer has any copy of his own, and doesn't remember what institution got him the J-1 visa or if that institution even exists.
From my own research IAP-66 was issued in 4 copies:
1) For the sponsor (unavailable)
2) For the beneficiary (long lost)
3) For INS (broken into USCIS, ICE, and CBP)
4) For US Information Agency (disbanded years ago).
Who might have these copies? USCIS? ICE? CBP? Dept of State? Some other successor to USIA's documents? Regardless the question if he is subject to the 2 year foreign residency requirement is irrelevant, we need to get a copy of the IAP-66.
We filed FOIA requests for USCIS, CBP, ICE, and DOS. ICE forwarded theirs to USCIS. DOS responded that they do not maintain IAP-66s. No response from CBP or ICE yet. Please help.
It appears you have done most everything possible and have to wait for FOIA results. Contact a US immigration attorney at that time.
Does he still have the old passport that he used to enter the US with the J-1?
Does he really have no idea who is program sponsor was?
Did he use the J to attend school? If so, have you tried to contact the school?
Search through the different program administrators to identify the right one. Find the employer or school he attended on the J1 and they may have the information.