The J-1 Visa

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 Visa Program) consists of 13 different exchange program categories. Depending on the particular category chosen, a visa obtained under the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program will allow a foreign national to work, train, or travel legally experiencing life in the United States. The J-1 Visa program also benefits US businesses by providing them with seasonal and other staff.

Designated sponsoring organizations facilitate the entry of foreign nationals into the United States as exchange visitors to complete the objectives of one of the exchange visitor program categories, which are:

Au pair
Student, college/university
Student, secondary
Government Visitor
International Visitor (reserved for U.S. Department of State use)
Alien physician
Research Scholar
Short-term Scholar
Summer work/travel
Each category of exchange has specific requirements and regulations.