The J1 visa provides international candidates with diverse opportunities to enter the U.S. through work and study-based exchange visitor programs. College, university, and high school students from foreign nations are eligible to participate in these U.S. student exchange programs. In addition to exchange students, the J1 visa category permits a wide range of other individuals to come to the U.S through the Exchange Visitor Program, including physicians, researchers, professors, teachers, short-term scholars, interns, trainees, au pairs, camp counselors and others for periods of time ranging from a several weeks to a few years.
The U.S. Department of State explains that the J1 visa program “fosters global understanding through educational and cultural exchanges.” Students and other individuals seeking to participate in these exchange programs are required to meet specific conditions and qualifications in order to obtain their J1 visa.
These requirements will vary by the program and type of visitor, but all J1 participants are required to show evidence that they intend to return to their country of origin upon completion of their program so that they can share their exchange experiences. Additionally, after the completion of their exchange program, certain J1 visa holders will be required to maintain a physical presence in their home country for a period of two years and will not be eligible to apply for another visa during this time unless they are able to obtain a J1 waiver.
Student holders of J1 visas are permitted to remain in the U.S. for the duration of their exchange program. Under the J1 visa programs, qualifying dependent family members may also be able to secure a J2 visa so that they can accompany or join a J1 visa holder in the United States. Eligibility for a J2 visa depends upon the specific type of exchange program and certain categories do not permit J2 visas.
The legal team at our Baltimore immigration law firm appreciates that the qualifications and requirements for obtaining a J1 exchange program student visa can be quite difficult to understand. We are a highly skilled group of legal professionals prepared to assist students and their families with the J1 visa application process. In each case that we handle our team is committed to providing individualized service and attention to our clients. We will take the time to answer your questions and make sure that you fully understand the different visa options available to you and your family members.
You should be excited about the opportunity to travel to the United States. We know you are eager to secure your J1 visa. Unfortunately the application process can be very lengthy and time-consuming. Our legal professionals will keep you informed during the entire process and we will monitor the progress of your application as it moves through the system. We are focused on making the J1 visa process as easy as possible for you and will do whatever is necessary to help you reach your goals.
If you are considering applying for a J1 student exchange program visa or another visa category contact our Baltimore immigration law firm today. We offer free initial consultations and our legal team is ready to assist you throughout the entire process. Contact us online, or call 410-321-4994.