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J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa

The U.S. government sincerely welcomes foreign citizens to participate in exchange visit programs in the United States. Applicants must first be admitted to a formal program sponsor in the United States before they can apply for an exchange visitor visa. Once admitted, the U.S. educational institution or program sponsor will provide the applicant with the approval documents needed to apply for a visa. The J visa corresponding to the Exchange Visitor Program is designed to promote the exchange of knowledge and skills among people in the fields of education, art, and science.

​Application Conditions

•       Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application Form (DS-160).


•       A valid passport for travel to the United States, valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in the United States (except for countries with special agreements that enjoy exemptions). If the passport contains more than one person, each visa applicant will need to submit a separate application.

  •        One (1) 2"x2" (5.1cmx5.1cm) photograph taken within the last six months.

  •       Form DS-2019 provided by the US project sponsor.

  •   Unless the J visa program the applicant is participating in is sponsored by the U.S. government (program code begins with "G"), the applicant must pay a non-immigrant visa application fee of US$160 (payable in local currency, once paid, the fee is non-refundable payment). If a visa is granted, a visa reciprocity fee may also be payable, depending on the applicant's nationality.

  •  Unless the applicant is participating in a J visa program that is sponsored by the U.S. government (program code begins with "G"), you must pay your Form I-901 SEVIS fee.


In addition to the above materials, applicants should also produce an interview appointment slip to prove that you have made an appointment for an interview. You can also provide other supporting documents to the visa officer.


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