Benefits of the J-1 Visitor Exchange Program

Learning about how people live in other places provides an opportunity for people to develop an understanding of life in other cultures. Participating in a cultural exchange program allows participants to

What is the J-1 visa program?

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program provides a number of opportunities for international candidates who want to travel and gain experience in the U.S. and then share their experiences when they return home. The variety of programs offered allow visitors to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills, or even receive on-the-job training. The duration of the exchange program varies from a few weeks to several years depending on the category of the exchange visitor.
  • Au pair
  • Camp counselor
  • College/university students
  • Government visitor
  • Intern
  • International Department of State visitor
  • Physician
  • Professor 
  • Research scholar
  • Short-term scholar
  • Specialist
  • Secondary school student 
  • Summer work travel
  • Teacher
  • Trainee

Who qualifies for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program?

What is the role of J-1 program sponsors?

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is managed by program sponsors, who are the main point of contact for both exchange visitors and hosts or employers of visitors. These third-party sponsors must apply and be approved by the State Department to work with participants, and they must be designated as approved for certain countries and in specific categories. These sponsors provide support to agencies and employers who want to participate in the J-1 cultural exchange program but are not in a position to — or interested in — trying to become a sponsor themselves.
Those wishing to benefit from including J-1 visitors on their teams generally can rest assured that they are in good hands. In order to be a qualified sponsor, the rigorous application process must detail the proposed program, including explanations of its

What is the application and approval process like for J-1 participants?

  • Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either education or the relevant subject matter 
  • Has or will have completed an advanced degree within 12 months of the J-1 application 
  • Equivalent of two years of full-time teaching experience
  • Employed as a teacher at the time of application for the program or has at least two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years
  • Proficient in English (like all J-1 candidates)

The sponsoring program is responsible for gathering the required documentation to prove the teacher meets the qualifications set by the State Department and by the program. This proof may come in the form of 

What is the chance of being approved for the J-1 visa program?

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