The J-1 exchange visitor visa is a non-immigrant visa program that allows individuals to travel to the United States and participate in visitor programs and study-based exchange programs. The J-1 visa allows individuals to learn new skills, build new skills, and work on their English language abilities in order to help them achieve future career goals. Overall, there are fifteen categories that participants may fall into with thirteen of the categories being privately funded by the Office of Private Sector Exchange within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. There are over 1,500 federal, state, non-profit, for-profit, and local government private sector programs that sponsor J-1 visas. Individuals who obtain a J-1 visa within a private sector program are allowed to study, engage in research, teach, work in specialized practice, or engage in training for jobs. The time period for a J-1 visa may range from several weeks up to a few years. There are two categories that are publicly funded within the Exchange Visitor Program. The two publicly funded categories are International Visitors and Government Visitors. According to the United States Department of State, there are more than 300,000 participants in the visitor exchange program. Participants in the J-1 program include individuals from nearly every country in the world. According to the United States Department of State, 85% of the individual who participate in the program are 30 years old or younger and 55% of participants are female.
Using Form j-2 as Required Document for Evidence of Migration Status
The J-2 visa is a type of non-immigrant visa that is issued by a consulate official within a United States embassy to individuals who are married to individuals with a J-1 visa. J-2 visas are also issued to dependents of J-1 visa holders. J-2 visas are issued to these individuals when they join or accompany the J-1 visa holder in the United States. J-2 visas have certain eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible for a J-2 visa, the J-1 visa holder must be engaged in a specific program. Individuals with a J-1 visa that are within the United States in order to work as a camp counselor, au pair, engage in summer work, or enroll in secondary school are not allowed to have dependents or spouses gain a J-2 visa. Some categories do allow for J-1 visa holders to have their spouses and dependents gain a J-2 visa, but individuals should be aware that certain programs do not allow for this.