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J-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Who pays the J1 training visa program fee?

The Council Exchanges expect that the employer (either the U.S. branch of the company, or the branch in the home country) would pay the J1 training visa program fee.


Does receiving J-1 visa affect a trainee's chances of getting other visas?

As long as trainees abide by all the terms of the J-1 visa, they should not be precluded from applying for other visa types. Please bear in mind that trainees are expected to return to their home countries at the conclusion of their training, according to the J-1 visa regulations. In some countries, a two year home residency may be required.

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Is health insurance a requirement for J-1 scholars?

Yes, the Department of State requires all J-1 scholars and their J-2 dependents to have health insurance in order to stay in the U.S.


How do I determine my current legal status in the U.S. as a J-1 status holder?

The Exchange Program Period that is marked on your Form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility determines the length of your legal stay within the U.S.


What is the grace period on J-1 visa?

As J-1 exchange visitor, you are permitted to remain in the country up to 30 days past the end date of your Form DS-2019 . This time is to allow you time for tourism and packing. You do not have work authorization during this time. If you require additional time to complete your project, request both DS-2019 extension, if eligible, before your grace period begins.

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