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I am a software engineer and have been looking at job postings in the U.S. I’ve heard from my friends about J-1 Visa Training or J-1 Research.
What is a J-1 status? What are the requirements to qualify? Do I need to find a U.S. employer willing to sponsor me before I apply for one? Can I get a visa? How long could I stay?
—Determined in Delhi
Thank you for your questions! Companies can work with external sponsors to host and employ some types of J-1 visitors. The J-1 visa is an attractive option for both participants and employers since there is no cap or lottery. There is no country of origin limit on the number of J-1 visas that are issued each year. J-1s are issued year-round. The application process is more straightforward than an H-1B. Relatively straightforward. J-1 visas are open to a wide range of occupations and talent, as well as education and experience levels.