The J-1 visa is available to foreign students who wish to complete an academic degree at an approved United States University or College with the intention of being employed within the United States in their respective field of occupation upon graduation.
In 1961, the J-1 visa was created in part of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act.
Who Qualifies For A J-1 Visa?
Upon being sponsored through the Exchange Visitor Program, foreign students who are able to qualify for a J-1 visa are able to enter and reside within the United States. In addition to their sponsorship, applicants must also be approved through the Department of State. Common applicants who may qualify include:
- Doctors & Medical Specialists
- Scholars & Professors
- International Visitors & U.S. Based Company Interns
- Visiting Government Officials
- Foreign Students Enrolled in a Secondary School, University or College
In order for applicants to qualify, they are required to provide evidence which shows that they reside in their home country and have plans on returning to their home country after the J-1 visa time restrictions expire.
A holder of the J-1 visa is required to return to their home country within 2 years of their visa expiring, however this requirement may be waived under certain circumstances. Applicants must also provide the following documentation in order to obtain the visa:
- List of assets in their name within their home country
- Evidence of family members which reside in their home country
- Completed and approved Form DS-2019
Speak To An Experienced Immigration Law Firm
Comparatively, the application process for the J-1 visa is much easier than others. However, without the assistance of an experienced immigration law firm, applicants may run into difficulties when applying and submitting the necessary documentation needed for the visa application. The Law Offices of Kermit A. Monge, PLLC has years of experience guiding applicants through the application process and providing legal counsel on potential visas or waivers they may qualify for once their visa expires.