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In addition, the J-1 visa is a component of the Exchange Visitor Program, which includes 13 distinct exchange programmes that enable a foreigner to work or travel lawfully for an extended length of time while in the United States.

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How to Obtain a J-1 Visa in the United States: A Guide for Foreign Nationals

Learn more about the J-1 visa, including who it is intended for, what it entails, and how to apply for one in order to temporarily work and travel in the United States.

What is the J-1 Visa and how does it work?

It is part of the Exchange Visitor Program that the J-1 visa is granted. For the present being, the J-1 visa is available in 13 distinct exchange programme categories. Depending on whatever category is selected, the programmes will enable a foreigner to work or travel lawfully for an extended length of time in the United States.

J-1 Visa Program also helps U.S. companies by offering seasonal employment for exchange tourists who are searching for temporary or part-time work while overseas as part of their specialised programme.

Visa Requirements for J-1 Workers

The sponsoring organisations for each J-1 Exchange Visitor Program have been chosen by the United States government. It is their responsibility to permit the admission of a foreign citizen into the country for the purpose of accomplishing the goals of a particular programme that has been approved by the Department of State. The J-1 visa categories span the private, academic, and government sectors, and they are used for a variety of purposes such as teaching, getting training, and exhibiting extraordinary abilities.

Additional requirements include paying for their round-trip flight airfare, having sufficient cash to cover their living costs in the United States, and purchasing proper health insurance coverage. Exchange visas may be acquired for a period of 18 months via authorised programmes, after which they must live in the country for a further two years.

After receiving all of these documents, you may still need a certificate of eligibility as well as a petition for a nonimmigrant worker (Form I-129) with the programme or company you want to continue working for. Because the regulations differ from nation to country and embassy to embassy, it is always advisable to contact an attorney about the legal restrictions.

The following are the most common forms of work visas available in the United States:

Working as a Specialty Occupation Worker on an H-1B Visa (skilled worker)

Permanent non-agricultural worker with an H-2B visa.

Work permit for temporary agricultural workers (H-2A visa).

L-1 Visa – Transferee inside an organisation

B-1 Visa – For business travellers

Green Card – Permanent Residence in the United States, allowing you to live and work there.