qualify for a J-1 exchange visitor visa if you are coming to the U.S. as a
student, scholar, trainee, teacher, professor, research assistant, medical
graduate or international visitor who is accepted by the United States
Information Agency (USIA).
seeking a J-1 Visa, you will be asked to present a Certificate of
Eligibility, known as the IAP-66 form. This form is provided to you by the
sponsor of the exchange visitor program in which you will take part. The
form will list the specific dates you are expected to be participating in
the program. The Certificate of Eligibility is usually issued for the period
of time needed to complete the particular exchange visitor program for which
your J-1 visa is approved.
portions of the application are technically the responsibility of the
sponsor of the particular exchange visitor program in which you will be
participating. Some applicants expect the responsible officer of their
program sponsors to handle the entire procedure for them, but this rarely
happens. The only part of the J-1 visa application you should expect your
school to complete is a form known as the Certificate of Eligibility. You
will use this certificate in preparing your application for a J-1 visa.
are two types of paperwork you must submit to get a J-1 visa. The first
consists of official government forms completed by you or your program
sponsor. The second is personal and financial documents such as birth and
marriage certificates, school transcripts and diplomas.