There are many different types of J1 visa programs for a wide variety of activities such as to study, research, visit, teach, demonstrate special skills, train, work under an internship, etc.
|Au Pair Program||12 months. Extension of 6, 9, or 12 months is possible.|
|Camp Counselors||4 months. No extensions.|
|College and University Student Program||Bachelor/Master degree: 18 months|
Post Doctoral: 36 months
Non-degree: 24 months
|Government Visitor Program||18 months|
|Intern Program||12 months|
|International Visitor Program||12 months|
|Physician Program||Duration of residency program. Maximum 7 years.|
|Professor and Research Scholar Program||Maximum – 5 years, Minimum – 3 weeks|
|Secondary School Student Program||12 months|
|Short Term Scholar Program||6 months|
|Specialist Program||12 months|
|Summer Work Travel Program||4 months|
|Teacher Program||3 years|
|Trainee Program||Agriculture, Hospitality: 12 months|
Others: 18 months
As you can see from the table above, the maximum duration of any J-1 program is 7 years.
You should carefully choose the right category. Choosing the wrong J-1 category may create problems and may prevent you from being able to change plans to remain at a particular organization or transfer to another organization. It can even affect your ability to return to the U.S. again on the J-1 visa.
There are several pilot programs specifically for the citizens of specific countries:
Summer Work/Travel: Australians, New Zealanders
Intern Work/Travel: Irish
Work/English Study/Travel: South Koreans
2011 Pilot Summer Work Travel Program for Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Ukraine
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