May 17, 2016

J-1 Visa Requirements for Secondary School Students

To qualify for a J-1 visa as a secondary school student, the applicant must be accepted to participate in a certified secondary school exchange program in the U.S. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support themselves for the duration of their exchange and that they intend to return to their home country upon completion of their studies.

To participate in a secondary school exchange program, the applicant must be aged between 15 and 18 1/2 and have not completed more than 11 years of primary and secondary education (excluding kindergarten). Applicants may also be required to meet the sponsoring organization’s specific program requirements. Applicants who have previously participated in an exchange program to the U.S. or studied in the U.S. are not eligible to re-apply.

J-1 visa applicants may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.

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