Read about the J1 Visa - if you are eligible for it, what category your qualify for, the documents you need and how it relates to other visas.
I’ve already completed an J1 Visa Program in the USA. Can I apply again for another J1 Visa?
It is possible to go through more than 1 J1 Visa program. However, there are minimum waiting periods that apply to anyone who would like to apply for a new J1 visa program after having previously completed a J1 Visa program. Please visit this blogpost for more information on re-applying for a J1 Visa.
How long before my J1 Program starts can I arrive in the US?
According to the J1 Exchange Visitor Regulations, you are not allowed to enter the USA more than 14 days before your Program's official start date as stated in your DS-2019.
Is there an age limit to apply for a J1 Visa?
For the J1 Intern Visa
, participants must be at least 18
years old, while for the J1 Trainee Visa
they must be over 20
years old. The upper age limit is set at 35
years old. However exceptions can be made, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
explaining your case and we will let you know your eligibility
for the J1 Exchange Visitor Visa Program
Can I apply for a J1 Visa if I don't have any work experience or if I am a student?
Yes, there is a program for you if you are still a student or you have recently (within a year) graduated. In this case, you can apply for the J1 Visa as an Intern without having any work experience.
Can I apply for a J1 Visa if I graduated more than 1 year ago?
Yes, you could qualify as a J1 Trainee if you graduated more than 1 year ago and have more than 1 year of experience. Please keep in mind when calculating that according to Department of State regulations, all experience previous to the most recent graduation date counts at 50%. (So for example, 1 year of experience before graduating counts only as 6 months.)
I’m a F1 Visa holder, am I eligible to apply for the J1 Visa?
Applying for the J1 Visa
after having held any other visa in the United States of America
is always reviewed case-by-case as it depends on specific details. Please email us at email@example.com
explaining your situation and attach an up-to-date CV
that reflects the start and end dates and locations of all education and experience you have.
Do I need an English Certificate to apply for an Internship / Training Program in the U.S.?
The participant needs to prove they are able to understand and communicate in English by providing a Certificate of English Level. However, an interview in English will be conducted through a phone or Skype call with those without evidence of it.
How long is the Trainee J1 Visa valid for?
The J1 Exchange Visitor Visa is valid for the exact amount of time as your Training program (a maximum of 18 months). Additionally, you may enter the U.S. no more than 14 days before your training program begins and you have a grace period of 30 days after the program ends to exit the U.S definitively.
How long is the Intern J1 Visa valid for?
The J1 Exchange Visitor Visa is valid for the exact amount of time as your Internship program (a maximum of 12 months). Additionally, you may enter the U.S. no more than 14 days before your training program begins and you have a grace period of 30 days after the program ends to exit the U.S definitively.
What is the purpose of the Exchange J1 Visitor Program?
The purpose of the J1 Visa program is to gain professional experience in the U.S at an American Host Company and by doing so acquire new knowledge, a specific new skill set, improve your English and get to know the American culture.
How long does it take to obtain a J1 Visa?
The J1 Visa process is the fastest of all U.S. visa processes. With Architect-US it takes as little as 1 month from the moment Architect-US receives all the required documents from the Intern / Trainee and the Host Company to the moment you can start your Program at the American Company. The process is very easy - you can read about the Required Documents below.
What documents are required for a Training Program?
As a Trainee you have to provide Architect-US with the following documents:
1. Resume (with start and end dates for each experience/education). 2. Portfolio (required only for architects). 3. Copy of Passport (scanned). 4. Academic Transcripts. 5. Degree Diploma (in English) / Certificate of Professional Education (we can send you). 6. Two Reference Letters in English (that must prove that you have at least 1 year of professional experience). 7. Signed Rules & Regulations (which we will send you). 8. Profile Picture (Passport or LinkedIn type).
What documents are required for an Internship Program?
As an Intern you have to provide Architect-US with the following documents:
1. Resume (with start and end dates for each experience/education). 2. Portfolio (required only for architects). 3. Copy of Passport (scanned). 4. Academic Transcripts. 5. Degree Diploma (in English) / Certificate of Professional Education (we can send you). 6. One Reference Letter (in English). 7. Signed Rules & Regulations (which we will send you). 8. Profile Picture (Passport or LinkedIn type).
Does my experience during my education count as work experience?
The experience you gain during your studies (before your graduation date) counts as work experience, but is valued only as half. For example, if you have worked for a year during your education, this counts as 6 months of experience according to the J1 Visa criteria.
Does a Host Company have to pay any fees?
One of the main benefits of choosing Architect-US as your J1 Visa Sponsor is that it doesn't charge the American company. Therefore, the Host Company does not have to pay any fees but must simply provide a stipend for the international participant. This is to encourage companies in the United States of America to consider adding talent from abroad on the team for a period of time with none of the hassle and costs related to sponsoring an international with a work visa.
How good must my English be in order to be eligible for the Architect-US Program?
The participant must be able to use English fluently, as communication throughout the Program will be fully in English. A Certificate of English Level is among the required documents but in the case that there is no such official proof, Architect-US will conduct a phone interview in English with the applicant to establish the level of understanding and communication skills.
Can an J1 Internship / Training be a part-time position?
No, according to the Department of State it is not permitted to do less than 37 hours per week - the Internship / Training position must be full-time.
What nationalities can apply for the J1 Visa?
There are few restrictions when it comes to nationalities that are eligible to apply for the J1 Visa
as long as they qualify as Interns
If you have any doubts about your nationality's eligibility, please directly email us explaining your case to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the maximum duration of a Training Program?
The maximum duration of a J1 Training Program is 18 months.
What is the maximum duration of an Internship Program?
The maximum duration of a J1 Internship Program is 12 months.
What are the eligibility requirements for a Training Program?
The international candidates must have graduated
more than a year ago (before the start of the Program) and have at least one year of relevant experience
in the related field. Please contact us at email@example.com
to review your specific case if you have any doubts about your eligibility.
What are the eligibility requirements for an Internship Program?
The international candidates must be full-time university students
or have graduated less than a year ago
before the start of the Program. Participants applying for an internship
aren't required to have any previous work experience. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to review your specific case if you have any doubts about your eligibility.