J-1 Visa Law and Legal Definition

A J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued to an exchange visitor. A J-1 visa can be issued to someone planning to participate in work-and study-based exchange visitor programs. It is commonly issued to a student participating in an exchange program in school or someone seeking medical or business training within the U.S. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements and have a private sector or government program sponsor. The length of the stay varies by category. After leaving the country, many J-1 visa holders are required to complete a mandatory two-year home-country physical presence before they are allowed to return to the United States under a dual intent visa.