J-1 Exchange Visitor Orientation

Congratulations for receiving your J-1 Visa sponsorship approval!

Participating in the esteemed BridgeUSA Exchange Visitor Program!

Here you will find helpful information and step-by-step instructions to assist you before, during, and after your training program in the United States. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with this critical information, which will help ensure that you have a successful, safe and compliant program! We encourage you to bookmark this page to easily reference it as a resource.

Before You Go

Now That You’ve Arrived

During Your Stay

Finishing Up

Life In The U.S.

We are confident that your experience in the United States will be rewarding. You will undoubtedly gain crucial knowledge and practical experience in your field of work, but we also hope that you come away from your experience with a broader outlook and a truer, deeper sense of international cultural understanding. To make sure you are as prepared as possible, please visit our Life in The U.S. page.

Life In The U.S.

Important Contact Information

Cultural Vistas Main Line
(Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, excluding holidays): 1-212-497-3500

Cultural Vistas 24-Hour Emergency Line (all other times):
1-516-210-8591 Outside of business hours, please call our emergency line, which is monitored 24 hours, 7 days a week, with any matters that jeopardize one’s individual’s physical or mental health, safety, wellbeing, or program participation, or require the intervention of program staff.

Cultural Vistas General Email:

Cultural Vistas Headquarters Address:
1250 H Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005

Cultural Vistas Responsible Officer (RO)

Cultural Vistas Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO) 

U.S. Department of State, Office of Private Sector Exchange Designation, Private Sector Programs Division 

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