J-1 Exchange Visitors
Obtaining an Exchange Visitor Visa
According to the U.S. Department of State, the Exchange Visitor Program aims to:
“Increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.”
Through the program, the U.S. government provides an unlimited number of exchange visitor visas, called J-1 visas, which allow international professionals, interns, and students to receive training in the U.S. for a select length of time. Eligible participants include college/university or secondary-level students, au pairs and camp counselors, scholars, researchers, physicians, and business trainees.
To be issued an exchange visitor visa, you must demonstrate that you properly meet the following requirements:
- Show proof you have already been accepted into a U.S. State Department-approved Exchange Visitor Program.
- Show proof of funds to cover expenses while in the U.S.
- Show evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad.
Where to Apply
You should apply for an exchange visitor, or J-1, visa at the American Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over your permanent place of residence. An interview at the embassy is required for exchange visitor visa applicants between the ages of 14 through 79. The waiting time for interviews can vary, so it’s critical to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel departure date.
Documentation You Must Submit
- Form DS 2019 – Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status
- Form DS 7002 – A Training/Internship Placement Plan
- Form DS-156 – An Application for a Nonimmigrant Visa
- Form DS 157 – A Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- Form DS 158 – A Contact Information and Work History Form
- A passport valid for travel in the U.S.
- One 2×2-inch photograph
Help With Exchange Visitor Visas
The Law Offices of Rosanna Berardi can assist you in obtaining your exchange visitor visa. We can provide guidance and help in gathering the necessary information and documents, preparing forms, and ensuring your final application meets all government requirements. Contact us today for a consulation.
Page Summary: The J-1 Exchange Visitor program aims to facilitate educational and cultural exchange between the U.S. and other nations.