J-1 Visa - Exchange Visitor Program

The J-1 Visa is granted to exchange visitors coming to the U.S. to study, work, train or be trained as part of an exchange program officially recognized by the U.S. Information Agency. The objective is to promote the exchange of knowledge and skills in different areas.

The approved programs are operated by a large variety of sponsoring organizations, which include schools, businesses, government and non-government organizations and institutions.

The J-1 visa is valid for the length of time the employer requires the services of the exchange visitor up to a maximum of 18 months. There is no renewal for Business/Industrial trainees. Professors and scholars are limited to 3 a years stay; one 3 year extension may be given for exceptional circumstances. At the conclusion of their program Exchange Visitor program participants are expected to return to the home countries to utilize the experience and skills they have acquired while in the United States.

Each exchange visitor category has specific requirements. Below you will find some general ones.

J-1 Visa - Requirements

J-1 Visa holder's privileges

Among the existing exchange visitor program categories are:

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