The J-1 Visa category was designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and foreigners by allowing exchange visitors to enter the U.S. temporarily to participate in internships or receive training. Generally, J-1 Visas may be issued for up to 18 months for a training program and 12 months for an internship. The J-1 Visa is a great option for medical graduates seeking to pursue their fellowship in the United States. To be eligible for a J-1 Visa, the applicant must be sponsored by an organization that approves the training or internship program.
There are 14 subcategories that an applicant may fit in:
- Au Pairs
- Camp Counselors
- College and University Students
- Government Visitors
- International Visitors
- Professors and Research Scholars
- Secondary School Students
- Short-Term Scholars
- Summer Work Travel Program
When weighing the J-1 Visa option, one should consider the two-year home physical requirement. When it applies, it renders those who enter the U.S. in J-1 status ineligible for select visas and permanent residence (green card) until the applicant has returned to his or her home country for a period of two years. Under some circumstances, the two-year requirement may be waived.
Canadians seeking entry to the U.S. as exchange visitors do not need a visa. Instead, they may apply for admission at a designated port-of-entry by presenting form DS-2019, along with the required supporting documentation.
If you would like to discuss the J-1 Visa option, give Silver Immigration a call and have your questions answered today!