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J-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I leave and re-enter the U.S. if my DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility, and I-94, Arrival-Departure document, are still valid but my visa has expired?

Yes, but you will need a new visa to re-enter the U.S. Reapplying for a J-1 or J-2 visa may be risky in some countries.


I am a J-1 student. How long can I participate in practical training upon completion of my degree program?

The length of time varies depending on the degree awarded. If you have received your baccalaureate/ master's degree you may enter a training program for a maximum period of 18 months, while post-doctoral individuals can receive practical training for a maximum period of 36 months.

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Can I change status to J-1 student from J-1 researcher?

Yes, you may change status from J-1 researcher to J-1 student, however, some program sponsors require you to go abroad and apply for another J-1 visa under the new program before allowing you to change your status.


Can I change from short term J-1 researcher to long-term J-1 researcher?

Yes, you may. However, some sponsors may require you to obtain a new visa and re-enter the U.S. before allowing you to change your status.

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