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J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program: questions and answers

While many people have an interest in the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, some don't take the time to learn more about the finer details. Generally speaking, the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program is a program that provides foreign visitors with the opportunity to experience the society and culture of the United States.

Every year, the program welcomes approximately 300,000 foreign visitors from 200 countries. If you or someone you know is interested in the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, there are some key questions you must answer. These include but are not limited to the following:

Q: Who comes to the United States on the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program?

A: Participants in this program are typically entrepreneurs, young leaders, students, and experienced professionals who want to improve their skills.

Q: What happens once the program comes to an end?

A: If you receive a J-1 Visa, it only lasts for the length of the exchange program. After that, you are expected to leave the United States.

Q: When can you arrive and when should you depart?

A: Once you know the program's start date, you can arrive no more than 30 days before the date shown on your DS-2019. Once the exchange program reaches completion, you have 30 days to leave the United States.

Q: What is the purpose of the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program?

A: This gives foreigners the opportunity to learn more about the United States, both from an educational and cultural perspective. Upon completion, visitors should return home and share their experiences with others.

While these are some of the most common questions associated with the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, many others could come into play at some point.

As someone with an interest in visiting the United States as part of this program, it's important to know the process for applying, the way the system selects candidates and the things you can do to improve your likelihood of inclusion.

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