J1 Visa

J1 Visa

J1 Visa Applications.
For students travelling to the USA on a visitor exchange program.

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A J1 visa is a form of US study and exchange visa. It allows you to stay in the US for a limited time while participating in an exchange visitor programme. To be eligible for a J1 visa, you must first apply for an exchange programme through an assigned sponsor in the United States. You can apply for a J1 visa only after you have been accepted into a programme.

What is a J1 Visa?

A J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that is provided by the United States to research scientists, teachers, and exchange tourists who are engaged in programmes that encourage cultural interchange, in particular to gain training in the fields of medicine or business inside the United States.

J1 Visa Duration

A J-1 visa allows you to stay for two or three years. However, the length of time you are permitted to stay in the United States on a J-1 visa varies based on the programme for which you applied.

For example, if you are a university student, your visa is valid for the duration of your studies, whereas a short-term scholar is only allowed to stay for six months. After their visa ends, all J-1 visa holders are usually allowed a 30-day grace period to plan their return trip home.

J1 Visa Processing Time

The processing period for your J-1 visa application using Form DS-2019 might take up to four weeks. The organisation requires that amount of time to evaluate your application, complete the processing of your documents, and send the DS-2019 to your home address directly. This indicates that the initial stage in the process of applying for a J-1 visa might take around one month to complete.

J1 Visa Eligibility

Participants must be between the ages of 15 and 18.5 as of the first day of school in order to be eligible for this programme. They must not have attended a secondary school exchange programme in the United States before, and they cannot have attended more than 11 years of primary and secondary school combined (excluding kindergarten).

J1 Visa Travel

Exchange Visitors are not permitted to travel on the Visa Waiver Program or with Visitor Visas – To participate in an exchange visitor programme in the United States, an exchange visitor visa (J) is necessary. After entering on a visiting (B) visa or through the Visa Waiver Program, foreign nationals are not permitted to study (VWP) See Visa Waiver Program for further information on the VWP.

Acceptance for J1 Visitor Program

You will be registered for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee after the exchange visitor programme accepts your participation (except in rare situations – ask your exchange visitor programme sponsor). Learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website.

Other USA Visa Types

J1 Visa Interview

Interviews are necessary for visa applicants in most cases, with a few exceptions listed below. Any visa application may be interviewed by consular personnel.

  • 13 years old and under – Generally, interview is not required.
  • Ages 14-79 – obligatory interview (some exceptions for renewals)
  • Over the age of 80 – Generally, interview is not required.

You should make an appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live for your visa interview. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be advised that obtaining a visa outside of your home country may be more challenging.

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