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Dear Sophie:

I am a software application engineer and have been looking at job posts in the U.S. I’ve heard from my pals about J-1 Visa Training or J-1 Research Study.

What is a J-1 status? What are the requirements to certify? Do I require to discover a U.S. employer ready to sponsor me prior to I obtain one? Can I get a visa? For how long could I remain?

— Determined in Delhi

Dear Determined:

Thank you for your concerns! Business can work with external sponsors to host and employ some types of J-1 visitors. The J-1 visa is an attractive alternative for both individuals and companies given that there is no cap or lottery game. There is no country of origin limitation on the number of J-1 visas that are issued each year. J-1s are released year-round. The application procedure is more uncomplicated than an H-1B. Relatively straightforward. J-1 visas are open to a wide variety of professions and talent, along with education and experience levels.

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