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J-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is J1 visa?

The J1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals to enter the U.S. to participate in exchange programs to promote the sharing of knowledge and skills in education, arts and sciences.

J-1 visas are of two types:

  • J-1 visas that do not have a restriction known as 'Home Residency Requirement' (HRR)
  • J-1 visas that have the HRR restriction

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2.

Who are eligible for J-1 visa?

Applicants eligible for J-1 visa are:

  • Students at all academic levels
  • Trainees obtaining on-the-job training with firms, institutions, and agencies
  • Teachers of primary, secondary, and specialized schools
  • Professors coming to teach or do research at institutions of higher learning
  • Research scholars
  • Professional trainees in the medical and allied fields
  • International visitors coming for the purpose of travel, observation, consultation, research, training, sharing, or demonstrating specialized knowledge or skills, or participating in organized people-to-people programs
  • au pairs
  • Summer camp counselors
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