What is a J-1 Visa and Cultural Exchange?
Most individuals choosing to come to the U.S. on a J-1 visa exchange program are funded privately. J-1 visa exchanges include a cultural component that gives participants the opportunity to engage more broadly with Americans and share their own cultures with their U.S. host communities. They return home eager to stay connected, to expand their networks, and to explore future exchange opportunities as “citizen ambassadors.”
What role does Teachers Council play in the J-1 Visa Process?
What is the Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019) document?
Who is the sponsor when participants are in the United States?
How do I get my J-1 Visa?
How much does the program cost?
The cost of participation in the program will vary, depending on the length of time you plan to work in the U.S., if you will bring any dependents, and if you select any premium processing options. Program costs may be paid by you, your U.S. host school, a third party (such as an attorney or a government organization), in any combination. To calculate your costs, please refer to our fee and refund policy.
Please note: Teachers Council does not work with 3rd party recruiters and therefore there are no additional 3rd party fees associated with our J-1 Programs.
What is the two year home country physical presence requirement?
*Note, if the J-1 is subject to the two year home physical presence requirement, their accompanying J-2 Dependents are also automatically subject.
I am currently in the U.S. on a different type of visa. Can I change status to a J-1?
*The only exception is if you have within the past 12 months completed an advanced degree beyond a bachelors degree, in education or related teaching area, and also have worked as a teacher for at least 2 years within the past 8 years.
Can Teachers Council place me with a U.S. host school for this program?
Can I work a second job while in the U.S. on my program?
Can I use my own health insurance?
Can I bring my family members?
Can my spouse work in the U.S.?
*Note that wages from J-2 dependent work in the U.S. are not to be used to support the J-1 visa holder while in the United States, and will not be taken into consideration as we assess your application for financial stability.
Can I arrive early to the U.S. before my program?
Similarly, there is a 30 day post-program grace period also. If you wish to engage in tourism activities while still on your J-1 visa after the end date of your program indicated on your DS-2019 document, you are permitted to utilize a 30 day grace period to do so. Past 30 days, your J-1 visa expires and you must depart the country. You would need to obtain a Tourist Visa after departing the country if you wish to re-enter as a tourist.