Visa J1 Stage USA
The United States make you dream? Did you manage to get an internship at a company located on Uncle Sam’s land? You will finally be able to fulfill your dream! But for that, he’ll first have to get one of the US visas other than the ESTA: the J1 visa.
What is the J1 visa?
The J1 visa is an authorization to enter the United States specifically for students and young professionals (up to 38 years) allowing them to stay for a period of 18 months maximum. They can do an internship (paid or unpaid, contract or not) or a summer job. This visa allows:
- to stay between 1 and 18 months in the United States;
- to pass and obtain the American driving license;
- to be assigned a social security number;
- to make as many trips out of the country during the validity of the visa.
Conversely, the J1 does not allow:
- to sign another employment contract (you need an H1B visa for this);
- to work as an au pair;
- to change employer and internship;
- to extend the initial duration of the internship.
The J1 visa is divided into 4 different visas depending on the type of work you could find:
- the J1 Intern for students from higher institutions or not;
- the J1 Trainee for graduate students;
- the J1 Work and Travel for students without a diploma or professional experience to do an internship between June and September for a fee not exceeding $ 1200 / month;
- the J2 for spouses or children of J1 visa holders allowing them to accompany but also to study.
How to get a J1 visa?
Unlike the ESTA authorization , and the image of many visas, getting the J1 visa can be long and tedious …
To begin, you must find a sponsor. A sponsor is an organization accredited by the US government to help applicants in their process of obtaining a J1 visa. The latter must verify your eligibility and then issue you the form DS 2019.
Form DS 2019 is the document that serves as an internship agreement between you and the company. It includes all information related to the internship: start date, end date, assignment assigned, number of hours worked, amount of remuneration, etc. Once the form is completed, you will need to contact the US Embassy to build and submit your file, including the DS 2019. The final step will be an interview, in English, with an officer of the US administration. At the end of this session you will know if your application is accepted. If so, you will receive your passport and visa by post within 4 days.
Note : Be careful not to confuse visas J1 and F1 !