The J-1 Visa is issued to foreigners who will be actively engaged in on the job training under employment circumstances equivalent to that of a U.S employee in the same position.
It is designed for the U.S employer to gain some productive benefits from the foreign employee’s engagement even though the main purpose of the employee’s presence in the United States is to gain on the job practical training.
The J-1 visa is issued for the duration required to complete the training in question.
The purpose of the training must be to improve the visitor’s skills for use in the visitor’s home country. The trainee must receive remuneration equal to the prevailing minimum wage and the prevailing working conditions for the particular industry concerned.
The foreign trainee must show an intention to maintain a foreign residence which he or she has no intention of abandoning.
The J-1 visa beneficiary is barred from filing a permanent visa application or change of status to a H or L visa for a period of two years.
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