JIPT supports the U.S. visa and ESTA applications of faculty members belonging to an academic institution.
J-1 visa is called the “Exchange Visitor” visa. If you participate in an exchange visitor program of a school or organization that is approved by the U.S. Department of State and receive a DS-2019 form (Certificate of Eligibility), you will need a J-1 visa.
Participants include teachers of primary, middle, secondary, and specialized schools; professors and researchers who teach or research at an institution of higher learning; and trainees who go for work-related training in a company or organization.
The J-1 visa is split into 14 categories:
|Au Pair||International Visitor|
|Camp Counselor||Professor and Research Scholar|
|Summer Work Travel||Short-Term Scholar|
|Intern||Secondary School Student|
|College and University Student||Teacher|
As a former exchange visitor, if one or more of the following conditions applies, you may not be issued a fiancé(e) (K), intracompany transferee (L), temporary worker (H), or other immigrant visa until you have resided and been physically present in your country of nationality or last residence for at least two years following the completion of your exchange visitor program.
Please note that if your host academic institution or organization is not approved by the U.S. Department of State, you may apply to be sponsored through the program of an organization instead, such as Cultural Vistas’ exchange and training program. (Cultural Vistas is a global partner of JIPT.)
This is the most general type of student visa. If you plan to engage in academic studies in the United States at an approved school – such as an accredited U.S. college or university, private secondary school, or approved English language school – you will need an F-1 visa.
If you plan to engage in non-academic, vocational study, or training at a U.S. institution, you will need an M-1 visa.