This program involves several educational plans. Thus, the J1 Visa requirements you need to meet depend on your chosen scheme. Several programs allow you to bring your family to the U.S. To this end, you need to apply for a J2 Dependent Visa.
Au Pair Visa
The Au Pair Visa allows foreigners between the ages of 18 and 26 to work as childcare providers in exchange for accommodation and food expenses.
As a J1 Au Pair Visa holder, you can work for no more than 10 hours a day, for a total of 45 hours per week. You must also be enrolled in any course at a U.S. post-secondary educational institution.
Your responsibilities include helping children with homework and cooking their meals. The host family is required to provide you a compensation of up to $500 for childcare work, a private room, and board.
To be eligible for a J1 visa au pair program, you must:
- Have received a job offer from a host family;
- Have previous childcare experience;
- Have adequate spoken and written English proficiency;
- Provide a police clearance report;
- Have not previously lived in the U.S. as an au pair.
Your sponsor is expected to provide you at least 32 hours of childcare training. If your application is successful, you can stay in the U.S. for a period of up to 12 months.
The J1 Camp Counselor Visa allows foreign post-secondary students to work at summer camps in the U.S.
Participants are provided with housing and meals and receive fair pay. The permit can only last for up to four months, and no J1 Visa extension is allowed.
The J1 Camp Counselor Visa requirements are:
- Have a good understanding of English;
- Be experienced in dealing with children;
- Be a post-secondary student, youth worker or teacher;
- Have specialized skills.
Under a Secondary School Student Program, you can study at a public or private secondary school in the U.S.
You can stay either with a host family or at a boarding school, but you cannot live with your relatives. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 15 and 18 by the first day of school. Once you are in the U.S., you are not allowed to work.
You must leave the country at the end of one academic school year.
If you are an international university pupil, you can apply for the College and University J1 Visa Student Program. This will let you pursue a full-time course of study in the U.S.
To be eligible, you must be able to support yourself financially. To be eligible, you need a written agreement between both your local and the American institutions.
J1 Exchange Visitor Program
The International Visitor Program is issued to foreign professionals. It is intended to enhance relation between international specialists and U.S. institutions.
To be eligible, you must be recognized as a formal or potential leader or key figure in your area of expertise. Only the U.S. Department of States can select suitable applicants.
Likewise, Government Visitor Program is targeted uniquely at prominent foreign visitors chosen by a U.S. local agency. If selected, you can take part in conferences, workshops, training, and academic research.
J1 Visa Internship or Trainee Program
international pupils over the age of 18 can apply for a J1 Visa intern program. If you are a foreign student or have graduated no more than 12 months before your chosen program start, you can apply for a J1 Internship Visa. You will need evidence of your English language proficiency.
If you hold a J1 Trainee Visa, you can receive training in the U.S. in your occupational field. To be eligible, you must have either a degree or one year’s work experience in your area. In addition, you must be at least 20 years old and hold an English proficiency accredited qualification.