- J-1 visa The J visa is available to any of the following classes of individuals who seek to enter the U.S. temporarily. Additional criteria must also be satisfied.
- Au Pair
Foreign national entering the U.S. for the purpose of residing with an American host family while providing limited childcare services. Must enroll in and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution for at least 6 semester hours of credit.
Foreign national engaged largely in teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting at accredited post-secondary academic institutions, museums, libraries, etc. May conduct research or participate in occasional lectures if authorized by sponser. Maximum duration is usually 5 years.
- Research Scholar
Foreign national whose main purpose is to conduct research, observe, and consult with regards to a research project at research institutions, facilities, museums, libraries, etc. Maximum duration usually 5 years.
- Short-Term Scholar
Foreign national who is either a professor, research scholar, or person with similar education and/or accomplishments who wishes to enter the U.S. on a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills at research institutions, museums, libraries, post secondary accredited academic institutions, etc. Maximum duration is 6 months.
Foreign national who has either a degree or a professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution located outside the U.S. and either at least one year of prior related work experience in his/her occupational field in his/her home country, or 5 years of work experience in his/her occupational field.
Foreign national currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at an academic institution outside the U.S. that grants degrees or certificates or who has graduated from such an institution less than 12 months prior to the start date of his/her exchange visitor program and who enters the U.S. to participate in a work-based internship within his/her specific academic field.
Foreign national teaching full-time in a primary or secondary accredited academic institution.
- Secondary School Student
Foreign national secondary school student between the ages of 15 and 18.5 who wishes to enter the U.S. in order to study for an academic semester or an academic year in a U.S. accredited public or private secondary school while either living with an American host family, or residing at an accredited U.S. boarding school.
- Nonacademic Specialist
Foreign national who is an expert in a field of specialized knowledge or skill who wants to come to the U.S. to observe, consult, or demonstrate his/her special skills. Maximum duration 1 year.
- Foreign Physician
Foreign national physician pursuing programs of graduate medical education or training conducted by an accredited U.S. school of medicine or scientific institution.
- International Visitor
(this category is for the exclusive use of the U.S. Dept of State) Foreign national who is a recognized leader or potential leader in his/her own country, selected by the Department of State to participate in discussions, meetings, consultations, conferences, workshops, travel, etc.
- Government Visitor
(this category is for the exclusive use of Federal, State, and local government agencies) Foreign national who is recognized as an influential or distinguished person in his/her country and who has been selected by a U.S. government agency to participate in discussions, meetings, consultations, conferences, workshops, travel, etc.
- Camp Counselor
Foreign national selected to serve as a counselor in an accredited U.S. camp that takes place during the U.S. summer months. Must impart skills as well as information about his/her own country or culture to American campers.
- Summer Student in a Travel/Work Program
- College or University Student
- J-2 visa
The J-2 visa is for a J-1 visa holder’s spouse or minor child who wishes to accompany the J-1 visa holder to the U.S. Proof of family relationship must be provided. J-2 may work if s/he is granted employment authorization however income may not be used for purposes of supporting J-1.
Schedule a consultation with Elmhurst Immigration Law now to determine whether you are eligible for a J visa or to begin the process of obtaining one.