Q-1 Visa, International Cultural Exchange Program
These programs are designed to provide practical training and employment and to share history, culture and traditions of foreigners home countries with the U.S. A participant must be at least 18 and able to communicate effectively about the cultural attributes of his/her country.
The U.S. employer must;
- demonstrate it has an approved international culture program,
- demonstrate it has the financial ability to compensate the participants,
- demonstrate it has a qualified employee to liaison with the USCIS,
- demonstrate it will pay wages similar to those of a U.S. worker, and
- demonstrate that the program activities act out in a public setting.
The initial period of stay is for a maximum of 15 months, after which the participant has 30 days to depart., with a mandatory outside the U.S. requirement of 1 year. Unfortunately, there is no secondary visa for the spouse and minor unmarried children.
Application is processed utilizing USCIS Form I-129, with accompanying employer program documentation and employer qualifications, accompanying required participant documentation and appropriate filing fees. Our firm lawyers can assist you with the processing of this type of visa application. Speak with us today.