A J-1 student is a student who is in the United States participating in an educational and cultural exchange program and who will return home to share their experiences. In order to “maintain” student status, a J-1 student must comply with many U.S. federal immigration rules and regulations.

This section is devoted solely to J-1 students, their rules and regulations, and how to properly maintain J-1 student status. Please choose from the topics below for valuable immigration information:

  • J-1 Visas

    Learn more about the application process for a J-1 visa, including interview tips.

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    J-1 Rules of Status

    Get information about how to enter the U.S. in J-1 status and how to maintain status as a student while in the U.S.

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    J-1 Employment

    Learn about the types of employment that a J-1 student can do while in the U.S.

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    J-1 Transfers/ Program Extensions

    Learn more about the J-1 SEVIS transfer process, and the qualifications and documents needed for a J-1 program extension.

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    Dependents/ 2 Year Residency Requirement

    Get important information for J-2 dependents and learn about the INA 212(e) Home Residence Requirement requirement for J-1 exchange visitors.