J Visa Lawyer in Cleveland
About the Exchange Visitor Program
The J category of visas is used for the U.S. State Department's Exchange
Visitor Program. The majority of such visas issued are J-1s, which are
for individuals who are coming to the United States to take part in work-exchange
and student-exchange programs. There is also a J-2 visa type, a non-immigrant
visa used for spouses and dependents who accompany J-1 exchange visitors.
There are several programs and job types that make it possible to travel
to the U.S. on a J-1 exchange visa, such as the au pair program, camp
counselors, interns, physicians, research scholars, summer work travel,
and professors and students of colleges and universities. If you are planning
to apply for a J-1 exchange visitor visa, then it is in your best interest
to seek the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney in Ohio.
The team at
Robert Brown LLC is ready to guide you through the application process, and we invite you
to contact us today for a consultation.
The Department of State reports that there are a total of 306,429 participants
in the Exchange Visitor Program, with 7,822 in the state of Ohio alone.
The program exists with the purpose of promoting "global understanding
through educational and cultural exchanges," and it has been an integral
element of the U.S. immigration system since its creation in 1961. It
is administered by the Department of State in cooperation with private sponsors.
J-1 Home Residence Requirements and Waivers
One caveat of the J-1 visa program is that at the conclusion of your stay
in the United States, you will be required to return to your home country
for at least two years. This requirement applies if you are taking part
in a program that is fully or partially funded by the U.S. government
or the government of your home country, if you came here to receive graduate
medical education or training, or if you possess specialized knowledge
or skills that have been deemed to be necessary to the development of
your home country. It is possible to petition for a waiver of this requirement
if you can meet certain criteria, such as if returning would subject you
to exceptional hardship, if your own government has no objection to you
staying, or if you have an offer of full-time employment with a healthcare facility.
To learn more about applying for a waiver,
call us or contact us online.