A J-1 exchange visitor visa allows foreign nationals to come to the United
State to participate in exchange programs, usually for the purpose of studying, teaching, research, making professional contacts,
or cultural development. The United States runs a number of exchange programs involving two or more different countries for
the purposes listed above.
Exchanged visitors are required to demonstrate both educational preparation and financial
resources, very similar to the requirements for a student visa. Special requirements need to be met if the applicant is an
exchange visitor for graduate medical education or training.
Dependents (spouses and unmarried children under 21
years of age) of J-1 holders are entitled to J-2 status. Dependents may be students in the U.S but may no be employed under
the J-2 classification.