What is the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa? How do I apply? Can I work? Can I bring my family?
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa is for individuals approved to participate in work-and study-based exchange visitor programs. This visa is for those who intend to participate in a U.S. Department of State (DOS) approved program for teaching, instructing or lecturing, studying, observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating special skills, receiving training, or to receive graduate medical education or training.
The Exchange Visitor Program fosters global understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. All exchange visitors are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their program in order to share their exchange experiences.
The J-1 Visa provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted programs enable foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years:
How do I apply?
Can I work on a J-1 visa?
Some J-1 visa holders enter the U.S. specifically to work (as a researcher, nanny, etc.) while others do not. Employment is authorized for J-1 visa holders only under the terms of the exchange program. Please check with your sponsoring agency for more information on any restrictions that may apply to you working in the U.S.
Can I bring my family?
In certain cases, your spouse and children may apply for J-2 visa to accompany you in the U.S. Your spouse and children are entitled to work authorization; however, their income may not be used to support you.
What else do I need to know?
The J-1 Visa has several fees and requirements. This includes the Two-year Home-Country Physical Presence Requirement briefly mentioned above. Click here for Part II of this blog post: J-1 Visa Eligibility and Fees. The visa application process can be time-consuming and complicated. Contact us to see how we can help you!
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