J-1 Exchange Visitor


The J-1 visa is available to foreign nationals looking to participate in an exchange program through a sponsor who is approved by the U.S. Department of State. Exchange visitors may include: professors, scholars, research assistants, students, trainees, teachers, specialists, nannies/au pairs, and camp counselors, among others. Exchange visitor programs are designed to encourage the interchange of persons, knowledge and skills.

Exchange visitors may be eligible to work under the J-1 category but must be authorized under the terms of the exchange program.

Accompanying or following dependents are required to apply for a J-2 Visa.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Has a valid Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (DS-2019) form from an approved sponsor
  • Has a residence in a country outside the United States and has no intention of abandoning it

Duration of Status

Foreign nationals must be enrolled in an approved program to maintain J-1 Status.

Future Eligibility

Foreign nationals on J-1 Status in the United States are eligible to apply for certain Change of Status or for Adjustment of Status, given that they meet the requirements.

What We Do

  • Provide assistance in the J-1/J-2 Application and evidence required
  • Review applications to identify potential concerns that may affect the outcome
  • Provide guidance in maintaining the J-1/J-2 Status and working while on an J-1 visa
  • Provide assistance to J-1/J-2 holders within the United States that wish to extend their visa, apply for a Change of Status or Adjustment of Status

Conrad 30 Waiver Program

Due to a shortage of qualified doctors in medically underserved areas, J-1 Medical Doctors may apply for a waiver for the 2-year residence requirement upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program. For more information about the program you can visit the dedicated USCIS page here.

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