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J-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What privileges do I enjoy on J-1 visa?

On J-1 visa, you may:

  • Enter the U.S. and participate in exchange visitor program approved by the U.S. Department of State
  • Travel in and out of the U.S. or remain in the U.S. continuously till the completion of your exchange visitor program
  • Apply for dependent visas for your spouse as well as unmarried dependant children under 21
  • Work legally in the U.S. if work is part of your approved program or if you receive permission to work from the official program sponsor
  • Apply for and receive work permits for accompanying relatives

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What are the limitations of J-1 visa?

On J-1 visa, you must:

  • Restrict yourself to studying, working or other wise participating in the special exchange program for which your visa has been approved
  • First be accepted as a participant in the program approved by the DOS before you apply for J-1 visa
  • Return to your home country for at least two years before you are permitted to get a Green Card or change to another nonimmigrant visa status. This is true if you are an exchange visitor participating in a certain type of program
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