J-1 visa cultural exchange program – Immigration lawyer in California

J-1 visa cultural exchange program – Immigration lawyer in California

Did you know the foreign young professionals
can actually get training in the United States on a special visa? That visa is called J-1. Watch this video and learn more. Hello everybody. My name is Jacob Sapochnick and I’m an immigration
attorney from San Diego, California. In this video, I want to tell you about the
amazing J-1 visa for young professional trainees. There is a visa that will allow a young professional
from a foreign country who wants to come to the United States and gain some training or
some skill and immerse themselves in the US culture to come here for up to 18 months and
be able to work with a US company and gain that experience. What are some of the requirements for the
J-1 visa? First of all, we have an age requirement. The minimum age is 20 years old and the maximum
age is 36. It’s very difficult to get the J-1 beyond
that age. The second thing is, the young professional
must hold already a bachelor degree or a post-secondary diploma because the way the US government
is looking it, if you don’t have some sort of basic education, how can you be trained
at work if you don’t have the basic training education. The third thing is that there should be a
certain English proficiency. So, typically, a TOEFL exam is required to
make sure that they are able to actually be in the US and interact with the coworkers
in the work here. The thing about the J-1 visa is that there
are many, many areas that you can do it. You can do it in marketing, in business, in
IT, in technology. There are certain J-1s for hospitality. They range from six months, 12 months to 18
months, but it’s an amazing way to come to the United States and experience life and
work with an employer that is willing to give you that training. One of the requirements for a J-1 is, this
program is administered by the State Department. We don’t file it with the US immigration service. So, everything is done with the State Department. So, the way it works is that you have the
US employer that will offer the training. You have the State Department agency. That is a private agency that is designed
to supervise the program, make sure that everything is legitimate and that the training is taken
care of and he is actually getting a training, and then you have the actual State Department
that will issue the visa at the US embassy in the home country. What is also required is a training plan. The company will have to provide a training
plan to show month by month what the trainee will be actually doing to satisfy the State
Department’s requirements that it’s actually a real training and not just an excuse to
bring cheap labor. The J-1 is a very, very popular program. A lot of young people from all over the world
have experienced it and most people who come into J-1 are here for 18 months and then they
are required to go back home. It is very important to understand that the
J-1 is a cultural exchange visa, which means that at the end of the term, it is very important
for the trainee to go back to their home country. Otherwise, they’re going to be in violation
of their term. So, all in all, it’s an amazing visa. It’s good for… you can do it anytime, throughout
the year, there’s no quota. And it’s a very good opportunity for people
that are interested to work in the US in the future to come here beforehand and experience
this training. If you have any questions, post them in the
comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and
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  • Denis Stameza

    April 25, 2019

    my interview J1 is next week , I'm so nervous, i have DS2019 and training plan already, please do you have advice

  • Jin Sub

    May 20, 2019

    Hi Jacob! I'm an Electrical Engineer and have 19 years of experience in the industry. Is there any chance for me to secure J1 visa? Thanks

  • jessica hale

    June 11, 2019

    Awesome 😍 😍 😍 πŸ‘Œ πŸ’—


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