J-1 Visa Attorneys
Montgomery County Immigration Lawyers
Individuals who wish to participate in work-and-study-based exchange programs
in the United States may do so by applying for a J-1 visa with the United
States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Like other types of
non-immigrant employment visas, applying for a J-1 visa can be a complex process with various legal deadlines
and eligibility requirements. At USILaw, our Montgomery County immigration
lawyers understand the American immigration system inside and out and
can offer the comprehensive legal guidance you need to apply for a J-1
visa with minimal stress.
Complete an online form today to schedule an initial case evaluation.
Who Is Eligible for a J-1 Visa?
The eligibility requirements for a J-1 visa will vary depending on the
specific program. These programs are sponsored by educational or non-profit
institutions and must be accredited by the United States State Department’s
Exchange Visitor Program. J-1 exchange visitors may come to the U.S. to
study, receive training, teach, or demonstrate special skills, with educational
or training programs being reserved only for those who cannot receive
the equivalent training in their home country.
Categories of J-1 visas include:
- Nanny/Au Pair
- Camp Counselor
- College and University Student Program
- Secondary School Student Program
- Government Visitor Program
- International Visitor Program
- Physician Program
- Professor and Research Scholar Program
- Short-Term Scholar Program
- Specialist Program
- Summer Work Travel Program
- Teacher Program
- Trainee Program
How Long May a J-1 Holder Stay?
J-1 visa holders may remain in the United States until their exchange program
ends, after which they are given a 30 day grace period to prepare to depart
the country. The exact minimum and maximum length of time a person may
stay are determined by the specific category of their visa.
Some J-1 nonimmigrants enter the country to work, such as researchers or
nannies, while others do not. Employment is only authorized under the
terms of a J-1 holder’s specific exchange program, with work for
non-sponsor employers only being available in select circumstance. Likewise,
J-1 holders may have their spouses and children join them in the U.S.
with J-2 classification if allowed by the specific program.
How Do I Apply for a J-1 Visa?
The first step in receiving a J-1 visa is to submit a Form DS-2019, Certificate
of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status with the USCIS. This form will
be supplied to you by a Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible
Officer (ARO) at your sponsoring agency, at which point they will inform
you of which documents are required for your specific program. Since wait
times for interview appointments for applicants can vary, it is recommended
you submit your application to the U.S embassy or consulate as early as
possible to avoid delays.
Discuss Your Immigration Needs with USILaw
At USILaw, our Montgomery County immigration lawyers are passionate about
helping individuals of all walks of life pursue their educational and
career aspirations in the United States. With cost effective solutions
and responsive communication, our team of highly-trained attorneys can
simplify the process of applying for a J-1 visa and maximize your chances
of achieving a successful outcome. From helping you choose the right J-1
program, to finding sponsors and preparing for interviews, we have what
it takes to ensure your best interests are guarded.
Contact our office online or call (800) 335-8520 today to review your situation in detail.