In order to qualify for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program’s all applicants must meet the following criteria:

Age – Trainee Applicants (graduates and professionals) must be at least 21 years of age. Student Applicants (currently enrolled in the second year or higher of academic program) must be at least 20 years of age.

Language – Trainee and Student Applicants must possess sufficient proficiency in the English language to participate in the J-1 training program.

Apply as an “Intern” if you are (1) currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree-or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution or (2) graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to the program begin date, and intend to enter the United States to participate in a structured and guided work-based internship program in your specific academic field.
Apply as a “Trainee” if you are a individual who has either: (1) A degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in your occupational field acquired outside the United States, or (2) Five years of work experience outside the United States in your occupational field, and intend to enter the United States to participate in a structured and guided work-based training program in your specific occupational field.

Health and Accident Insurance – All Applicants must be in good health; medical clearances are strongly suggested. All exchange visitors, both J-1 participants and their family dependents traveling to the U.S. on a J-2 (dependent) visa, are required to have sickness, accident, medical evacuation and repatriation insurance issued by an insurance company whose policy meets the U.S. government requirements for Applicants obtaining a J-1 visa.