J-1 Student

As a J-1 exchange visitor, you are in the United States as part of the BridgeUSA program.

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Led by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the private sector and academia, BridgeUSA brings together the next generation of current and emerging young leaders through unmatched cultural and professional exchange programs. 

With 13 different categories to explore, participants can select a program focused on education, research, or professional development. Throughout their exchange, participants will hone existing skills and develop new ones, unlocking new personal and professional opportunities. 

Find out what you need to do to maintain your J-1 Student status and how to obtain J-1 Student benefits.

Important Reminder

If you apply for a waiver of the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement (INA 212e), and your waiver is recommended in writing by the U.S. Department of State (“No Objection Statement”) or you receive Form I-612 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you are no longer eligible for any J-1 benefits (DS-2019 Extension, Academic Training, SEVIS Transfer, etc.). Therefore, please consult with ISS before applying for the waiver.  

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