The J1-Student Visa for USA is mainly for work-and-study based visitor programs sponsored by an educational or other private institutions. Visa holders for the J1 are welcome to receive training, teach and study in the States related to a certain skill-set.

In the J1 visa, there are several programs that you might be interested in, but the Internship Program and the Trainee Program are what international students prefer the most.

The visa is a win-win situation for the students. The country is in need of labor force, and the students are in need of experience. Plus they can earn quite well there too!

If you as a student in Australia, Nepal or India want to gain relevant experience in USA, then you might want to look into the J1 Visa.

J1-Visa Internship Program

The internship program is a perfect opportunity for international students to gain relevant experience in USA. It is mainly for students who have recently passed their Diploma, Advanced Diploma or other degrees ( Completed 2 months before or less).

It features great skills to be learnt in fields related to cooking and hospitality. This paid internship program is like a summer program for international students since it lasts for a total duration of 6 months to a year. This program is more ideal for recent graduates.

Note: Interested applicants are recommended to apply for the visa 6 months prior to be prepared. All details about your course completion are required during the visa application.

Interns must be foreign nationals:

  • Who are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States; or
  • Who have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to their exchange visitor program start date.

J-1 Intern Visa Overview

Purpose: Long-term internship in the United States
Target: Students enrolled in higher education institutions (graduate school / university / junior college / vocational school, etc.) Or those within 1 year after graduation
Training period: Up to 12 months. Plus, you can stay for the purpose of traveling for 30 days before and after
Training Area:  All over the United States (including Hawaii, Guam, and Alaska)
Visa application period: About 2-4 months

J1-Trainee Program

The Trainee Program is an exclusive skill training program that is meant for individuals who want to gain relevant experience in a selected field. It lasts for about 1 to 1.5 years, and is often considered an advanced form of internship. Even students who have had a year gap in their education can apply for this type of trainee program.

The trainee program features basic skills and advanced skills to learn in a particular field, so generally people already involved in the field apply for this program, to gain more experience and exposure. The program however requires work experience before applying. High school graduates need 5 years of experience and university or college graduates need at least 1 year of experience.

J-1 Trainee Visa Overview

Purpose: Vocational training and long-term work experience in the United States
Target: General members of society
Training period: Up to 18 months (However, up to 12 months for hospitality-related jobs. Plus, you can stay for the purpose of traveling for 30 days before and after)
Training Area:  All over the United States (including Hawaii, Guam, and Alaska)
Visa application period:  About 2-4 months



The programs in the visa are paid programs, so students are essentially earning money while gaining valuable experience. For international students, companies generally give the visa for training in skills related to cooking or hospitality, since the labor force in USA requires jobs involving these skills.

If you are worried about what the accommodation will be like, your agents ( if you choose us, it will be us! ) will help you with the process of finding accommodation.

The visa requires an application fee and an internship fee and applicants are required to go through a screening process with a lot of scrutiny. The interview procedure is strict, and only selected applicants for the program and the visa are allowed to travel to USA.

Also, a certain English requirement needs to be fulfilled to be able to apply for the visa.

Why is this program beneficial?

  • A better CV
  • Valuable work experience
  • Paid work
  • Student can stay back and study if they want

Are you eligible for the programs? Assess yourself here!!

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