About the J-1 Visa

What is the J-1 Visa?

The Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1) is a non-immigrant visa issued by the U.S. Department of State that provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States.

The multifaceted J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, managed by the State Department, enables foreign nationals to come to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.

It was developed to expose individuals from around the world to the culture and institutions of the United States and to foster a better understanding between nations on a variety of issues through educational and cultural exchange programs.

There are 15 categories of the J-1 Visa, of which Cultural Vistas is a designated program sponsor for three: Intern, Teacher, and Trainee exchanges.

Cultural Vistas also holds special designations through which it sponsors individuals participating in the IAESTE program and the Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) program. Moreover, in 2015, Cultural Vistas was among select organizations to be designated as a sponsor of the new U.S.-Mexico Internship Exchange Program.

For more information on the Exchange Visitor Program, visit: j1visa.state.gov.