J-1 visa

Key Points to Know

  • The J-1 visa is not a “dual intent” visa, meaning that you cannot have the intent to get a green card when you apply.
  • If an individual engages in activities suggestive of immigrant intent (like marrying a U.S. citizen or initiating a green card application) within 90 days of entering the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, it might be inferred that they misrepresented their intentions.
  • A waiver allows you to simultaneously stay in the country while you adjust your status to get a green card.

J-1 visa Articles

  • J-1 Waiver Marriage to a U.S. Citizen J-1 to Green Card

    J-1 Waiver: Marriage to a U.S. Citizen

    Published on April 09, 2024

    The J-1 visa is a common and popular nonimmigrant work and study visa that encourages foreign nationals to come to the U.S. temporarily to learn and gain skills to take back to their home country. J-1 visa holders are completely free to marry U.S. citizens, but that does not automatically qualify them for permanent resident…

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    J-1 Visa Documents Checklist Guide

    Published on January 10, 2023

    The J-1 exchange visitor visa is for applicants who are visiting the U.S. temporarily to participate in an approved program for the acquisition of skill and knowledge before returning home to their home country. Unlike other nonimmigrant work visas, J-1 applicants are not sponsored by employers; they are sponsored by certain programs approved by the…

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    US Work Visas Options: Dentist Green Card

    Published on September 30, 2022

    Some of the people who contribute the most to American culture and society are immigrants from foreign nations. This is especially true in the healthcare field. With thousands of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists setting up practices in the U.S., you can see that there is a demand for qualified healthcare professionals. In fact, the…

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    J-1 Visa Processing Time

    Published on September 20, 2022

    When you’re planning your immigration case, you want details. You want to know what is required, which forms you need, how much it will cost, and, possibly most importantly, how much time it will take. If you are in the process of, or thinking about, applying for an exchange visitor visa, this post will break…

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    J-1 Visa Waiver: Frequently Asked Questions

    Published on July 18, 2022

    A J-1 visa waiver is sought in order to bypass the rule that requires J-1 holders to be physically present in their home country for two years. Our office often gets questions regarding J-1 visas, their waivers, and the best way for them to be approached for a favorable outcome. Common topics of discussion include…

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    J-1 to H-1B Visa

    Published on July 10, 2022

    The J-1 and H-1B visas are both temporary nonimmigrant visas that allow foreign nationals to live and work in the U.S. However, their similarities end there. The J-1 is based on programs while the H-1B uses employers as sponsors. There is a limited list of occupations that qualify for the J-1 while the H-1B allows…