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.
- 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.
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.