Resources for Exchange Visitors

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.

J-1 Visa Emergency Hotline

The Department of State maintains a 24/7 hotline to ensure the health and safety of its exchange participants. All participants have a right to be treated fairly and to report abuse without retaliation or threat of program cancellation. In the event of an emergency, J-1 exchange visitors should contact their sponsors. In case additional assistance is required, participants can contact the State Department at any time via the hotline 1-866-283-9090 or send an email to