Exchange or J1 student visa
What is a J1 visa?
The J1 visa waiver classification is for exchange visitors or students. This visa is available to those who participate in a government approved exchange program. The program is generally available to teach, study, observe, conduct research, consult, receive training, or receive graduate medical education or training. The visa program may or may not be paid.
How do I apply for a J1 visa?
The first step for a J1 visa application is to obtain a certificate of eligibility from your sponsoring agency. They can help you through the J1 visa process. The eligibility form will establish the duration of the program, the start date and the end date. You can then apply for a J1 visa through the US Department of State at a US embassy or consulate.
The wait time for an interview at the US Embassy or Consulate may vary. Once approved, you can enter the United States no more than 30 days before your program start date. Depending on the program and the needs of the sponsor, your sponsor may obtain an extension of the program.