J1 and J2 Visas
J1 visa category or The Exchange Visitor non-immigrant visa category is for those who are permitted to participate in work-and study-based exchange visitor programs. Participants are integral to the success of the program.
The J-1 Visa offers numerous opportunities for foreign students looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted course studies enable International candidates to come to the U.S. to receive on the job training or to study, research, and to teach special skills ranging from a few weeks to several years.
The exchange visitor programs promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges.
J-1 Visa holders will arrive less than one month before their classes start. Upon the completion of their exchange program, they have a grace period of one month to depart United States.
The J-2 Visa is a non-immigrant visa issued at a U.S. consulate by an embassy official for dependants of J-1 exchange visitors in the United States.
Eligibility Criteria for a J-2 depends on the specific exchange program being offered to the J-1 non-immigrants. The exchange categories of summer work travel, secondary school student, camp counselor, and au pair do not permit J-2 Visas.
The application procedure is the same for a primary visa applicant as well. The sponsors must approve their dependants to be issued their own Form DS-2019.