Green Cards (Common)
National Interest Waivers
Professors & Researchers
Executives & Managers
PERM Labor Certification
Investors (EB-5 visas)
Family (Spouse, etc.)
Work Visas (Common)
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
TN Canadians & Mexicans
J-1 Visa Holders
Nurses & Physical Therapists
The "J" exchange visitor program is designed to promote the interchange of persons, knowledge, and skills in the fields of education, arts, and sciences. J-1 Visas require a sponsor that is accredited through the Exchange Visitor Program designated by the U.S. State Department. J-1 visa status is available for:
The spouse and children under 21 years old of participants in "J" exchange programs may apply for permission to be in the United States, and may receive "J-2" status. They must demonstrate that they will have sufficient financial resources to cover all expenses while in the United States. Family members may apply for authorization to accept employment in the United States, but only if it is not for support of the J-1. Employment is authorized for the length of the J-1's stay or 4 years, whichever is shorter.
Family members are subject to the foreign residency requirement to the same extent as the J-1 spouse or parent.
A family member in J-2 status may change to another nonimmigrant category (such as F-1, H-1B, J-1 or other), unless he/she is subject to the two-year foreign residency requirement.
Certain J-1 "Exchange Visitors" are required to return to their home country for two years after completion of the J-1 program. This two year requirement is imposed if:
Countries listed on the State Department's Skills List include:
* Countries marked with an asterisk have included all fields of specialization on the Skills List.
If your country is not marked with an asterisk, only some skills of specialization are included on the Skills List.
If you are subject to the foreign residency requirement, you may be eligible
to obtain a J-1 waiver in some instances. Read more information about
options for a J-1 Waiver and answers to
frequently asked questions about the J-1