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J1 Visa Program USA: The Ultimate Guide

This J1 visa guide provides valuable information for J1 students participating in the J1 visa program in the USA. It covers all the important J1 visa program details, including rules, requirements, application steps, finding internship/postdoc positions, getting a J2 work permit for dependents, getting a J1 visa waiver, switching from a J1 to an H1B, moving from a J1 visa to Green Card, renewing your passport, obtaining passport and OCI card for your child, etc.

Hello, I am Hina Singh!

I am a research scientist at the University of California, Riverside.

If you are a J1 visa holder please bookmark this page. I'm completely sure that my own experience will also be helpful for you. I'm not a lawyer, but I've gone through all these steps myself, and I'm here to support you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to help.

These blogs are put in order so you won't forget anything. Just read them in the order they're listed, and you'll see a "Next" link at the end of each one.

Also, If you know someone who wants to come to the US as a J1 student, feel free to share this page. I'm confident these blogs will be helpful to them.

Table of Contents: J1 Visa USA

How to find a postdoc position in the US?

J1 Visa USA

What is a J1 visa in the USA?

Things to know about J1 visa duration and processing time

How long can I stay after my J1 visa expires?

J1 Visa Waiver

J1 visa 2-year rule

J1 visa lawyer for waiver | Do you really need it?

J1 Visa Waiver Application Process and Timeline

J1 Visa Waiver Application (Stage 1)

J1 Visa Waiver Application (Stage 2)

NORI cover letter for Home Department (J1 waiver stage 2)

J1 Visa Waiver Application (Stage 3)

Sample Statement of Reason (J1 Waiver)

How to expedite a J1 Waiver?

How to update the address for the J1 waiver?

J1 waiver favorable recommendation next step

J1 Visa to H1B

J1 visa to H1B: How to file a Change of Status for Postdoc

Green Card

Can I convert from a J1 visa to a Green Card?

J1 Visa to EB1 Green Card - How to File I-140?

J1 Visa to Green Card | Steps for Filing I-485

How to Expedite Green Card Processing?

EB1 extraordinary ability examples for the green card approval


J2 Work Permit Processing Time

How to apply for J2 EAD?

J2 visa EAD sample cover letter

Passport & OCI Card

Indian Passport Renewal in the USA (Checklist)

US passport application for minors born in the USA

How to apply for an OCI card in the USA for a minor?

Sample OCI consent letter

B1/B2 Visa for Parents

How to apply for B1/B2 visa for parents?

Sponsorship letter sample

Invitation letter sample

H1B Visa

H1B grace period after layoffs with/without I-140, or severance pay

Options after H1B layoff

H4 and H4 EAD concurrent filing

How to apply for H4 EAD?

H1B to J2 change of status


How to print a 2x2 passport photo on iPhone

FNU on visa, I-94, SSN, DL, Green Card, and other documents

Do green card holders need visas for Canada

L2S visa work authorization for L spouses

File I-765 online

Severance package

Indian embassies in the USA

Urgent humanitarian reasons to expedite the request

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