NONIMMIGRANT VISAS - J Exchange Student
The J Visa category is for exchange students and exchange
workers. This Visa enables foreign youths to get a taste of the US by
working or training here for short duration and returning to their home
countries with their expertise gained in the US. The duration of stay
varies from 4 months to 36 months depending on the level of importance
of their work.
The Department of State has a list of approved organizations that are
licensed to issue recommendations for J1 Visas. The Alien either contacts
the approved organization directly or a US employer who contacts the approved
organization for the issuance of an approval known as IAP-66. Upon receipt
of the IAP-66 with a firm job offer, the Alien contacts his local US Consulate
for the issuance of a Visa.
2 year foreign residence requirement:
If the Alien is funded either by a US Government Agency or by the foreign
government, the Visa officer at the Consulate would usually endorse a
2 year foreign residence requirement. This would mean that the Alien is
not eligible to change his Visa status in the US unless he physically
remains outside the US for 2 years. This requirement can be waived either
by the foreign government indicating that they have no objection to his
remaining in the US, or by the Alien showing that for humanitarian reasons
he cannot return to his home country.