UNITED STATES – The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

June 30, 2023

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa offers unique opportunities for global professionals to come to the US for cultural exchange, knowledge sharing and hands-on experience.  Employers benefit from the myriad of fields and specialties covered by J-1 programs.

The J-1 program is intended to provide bona fide training and experience for foreign national exchange visitors thus it is issued in connection with a training program.  The duration of stay varies by the specific program category and typically ranges from 12 to 18 months.

The J-1 categories include:

(1) arts and culture,

(2) information media and communications;

(3) education, social sciences, library science, counselling and social services;

(4) management, business, commerce and finance;

(5) health-related occupations;

(6) aviation;

(7) sciences, engineering, architecture, mathematics, and industrial occupations;

(8) construction and building trades;

(9) agriculture, forestry and fishing; and

(10) public administration and law.

The application process is fast and simple as J-1 applications are often given priority appointments at the US consulate. The J-1 has a high approval rate, dependent spouses and children can accompany on J-2 visas, and spouses can apply for work authorization in the US.


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Employers with questions about the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa should contact Newland Chase today.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.