The immense contributions that foreign national teachers have made in the fields of education and research resulted in many U.S. educational institutions exhibiting eagerness to engage them.
In this article we present a snap shot of one of the most popular US work visa options for teachers - the J1 Visa.
In order to be eligible to seek a J1 visa for teachers, the following important conditions, among others, must be satisfied:
In order to be eligible to seek a J1 visa under the Professor/Research Scholar Program, the following important conditions, among others, must be satisfied:
Under the Teacher Exchange Program, to qualify for the J1 visa for teachers, a foreign national teacher must be sponsored by a teacher exchange program.
Public and private entities designated to act as exchange "sponsors" by the Department of State facilitate the entry of foreign nationals into the U.S. as exchange visitors. These sponsors are charged with screening and selecting qualified foreign teachers and monitoring their stay in the U.S., ensuring that they are performing their teaching responsibilities. They supervise the J1 visa application process and are the main point of contact throughout the teacher exchange program process. The teachers are placed or teach at "host" institutions.
Professors and Research Scholar J1's are generally sponsored directly by the institutes of higher education where they will be teaching and/or working.
While J1 Waivers do exist, foreign national teachers should not only thoroughly explore the various J1 visa programs that may be available to them but also check the nature of the program to understand clearly whether the program falls under the two year foreign residency requirement or not for their country of nationality or last permanent residence. The foreign national teacher should also explore the feasibility of the J1 Waiver options.
Certain foreign nationals entering the U.S. on a J1 visa program will be subject to a two-year home-country physical presence requirement, commonly known as the "J1 Home Residency Requirement". The foreign national will be required to return to their home country at the end of their exchange visitor program and stay there for at least two years before they can obtain certain types of nonimmigrant visas or the legal permanent residency.
Many factors goes into consideration when evaluating the visa for teachers and professors, including the 2-year J1 Home Residency Requirement and the feasibility of getting a J1 waiver.
Considering that foreign national teachers have a variety of visa options to choose from, such teachers should evaluate all the options against their individual situation before deciding on J1 visa.
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