J-1 Visa, International Exchange Visitor
To be eligible for a J-1 visa there must be an intent to participate in a government approved program for the purpose of;
- conducting research,
- demonstrating special skills,
- receiving training,
- receiving graduate medical education, or
- receiving graduate medical training as interns or residents.
First, a certificate of eligibility for exchange visitor status must be obtained with the help of the Sponsoring Agencies Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible officer (ARO). Then, formal application must be through the U.S. Department of State or home Embassy or Consulate. Once approved, entry into the U.S. can only be within 30 days of the programs beginning. Naturally, if abroad, the J-1 visa issuance will require Consular Processing, payment of required processing fees and submittal of accompanying documentation. Premium processing is not available.