Visa J1

What is a J1 visa?

The J1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued to exchange students, academic researchers and/or professors who wish to participate in exchange programs in the United States. The J1 visa is designed in such a way that the participant can study and work for the duration of the program.

The J1 visa was created to strengthen international ties through the educational and work experience. The applicant will not only have the opportunity to continue with his studies but also to acquire practical experience in his field of study. Those that will favor the applicant by implementing the experience acquired in their country of origin.

If you want to get a J1 visa you will have to meet a list of eligibility requirements. You will need to check English language skills and you will require a sponsorship through the university, government program, or a private organization.  You will have to meet specific requirements based on the program of study and/or work of your choice, visa sponsorship, among others. With the J1 visa you will have the authority to add your dependents (Concuyes (e) Non-married children under 21 years of age) during the duration of the program. They will be granted a J2 visa and must complete the same application process as the holder.

Programs For the J1 Visa

College students or newly graduates will have the opportunity to enter the Us., for a short period of time by means of a Internship.   The applicant will receive practical experience in their field of study, as well as learn about the culture American.

With the Short-term academic program, Professors and university students can enter U.S. universities to conduct research for approximately 6 months.

For students enrolled full-time at a higher education center in the United States, they have the option of Work and study programme And they will be able to work and travel during the summer, spring and winter vacation periods.


People between 18 and 26 Years old May enter the United States by the Program Au Pair For a period of two years, they should live with a host family and continue their studies at a school in the United States.

Secondary students may enter a private or public secondary school accredited through the Secondary school Program, And live with a host family or boarding school.

If you are older than 18 years old I could work as a teacher or counselor in Summer, through the Summer Camp Counseling Program

More information can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s website and a complete list of programs available through the J1 visa.


Qualifications to get a J1 visa

As mentioned above, the criteria will be based on the choice of the program and the sponsor you chose for your stay. Contact your sponsor to receive a complete list of your program. Remember, you will need to demonstrate English language skills and meet the health insurance requirements for the J1 visa.


Steps to get a J1 visa

  1. You must first find a sponsor approved by the U.S. Department of State and be accepted into the program. A complete list of approved programs can be found on the website of the State Department of the Usa. usa (HYPERLINK).
  2. Once accepted to the program, you must submit the form DS-2019, or Called as Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange visitor status. In this form, you will need to provide a brief description of the program selected, the duration (start-up date) of the program and an estimated cost.
  3. You must pay the Department of Homeland Security a fee called ‘ Sevis I-901 ‘. Additional forms will be required, as well as a copy of your passport and a color photograph.
  4. The last step will be an interview at the consulate or Embassy of the United States. Normally, if you are under 13 years of age or older than 65 Years old You will not be required to attend an interview.

Work and Visa J1

By entering the United States under the J1 Visa all will depend mostly on the choice of the program you have made and what the sponsor says. For applicants who enter based on a work program, they will have the capacity to work in that specific job and must remain in that same job.


By choosing a study exchange program you can or may not have the option to work. You may have the option of working on campus looking for a college scholarship.  Within the university campus you will be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Remember to talk to your sponsor about the details of your program, such as how many hours you can work during the school’s vacation periods. Keep in mind that most Works For exchange students do not pay high salaries, but will cover basic needs.

The time to go home

After completing your program you will have a 30-day grace period to leave the United States. Remember that while you are in your program period or until your visa has expired, you will not be able to travel outside of the United States. Unfortunately if you need to travel outside the United States during the duration of your J1 visa, you must apply again to obtain a new J1 visa in your home country.

Health insurance requirements for the J1 Visa

When you hold a J1 or J2 visa, you will be required to have health insurance that meets the requirements of the U.S. Department of State. Many program sponsors will provide you with Health insurance for you and your dependents, if this is not the case, you will need to purchase private health insurance.

A ContinuFind a list of health insurance requirements established by the United States Department of State for J1/J2 visas.

  • Expenses Medical At least of $100.000 Dollars Of all the States United Of North america By Accident Or Disease.
  • Repatriation of mortal remains with a minimum value of $25.000 dollars from the United States of America.
  • Emergency medical evacuation with a minimum value of $50.000 dollars from the United States of America.
  • Maximum deductible from $500 United States dollars by accident or sickness.
  • A policy secured by an insurance company with:
  • A-rating of ‘ ‘ A-‘ ‘ or higher by A.M. Best
  • A rating of ‘ ‘ A-‘ ‘ or higher in claims payment capacity by McGraw Hill FinancialStandard Poor’s has
  • A rating of ‘ ‘ B + ‘ ‘ or higher by Weiss ResearchInc.
  • A rating of ‘ ‘ A-‘ ‘ or higher by Fitch ratings, INC.
  • A rating of ‘ ‘ A3 ‘ ‘ or higher by Moody’s Investor Service

* Remember these requirements reflect the changes carried out October 2014 and will be callable from May of 2015. To all J visa holders, you are legally Required Keep this level of coverage.

Check with your sponsor about the details of your health insurance plan (such as if you are required to be a group health insurance or not). Everything must be approved by your sponsor and in compliance with the guidelines of your program.




Please contact the Global4Students customer support team at (305) 377-8999 or at [email protected], to verify information regarding your visa type and university.