Student Intern: Category Details
The Student Intern Category
The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa was created to accommodate several different types of visits to the U.S. Ohio has permission to issue visa paperwork for a number of different categories. The Student Intern Category is intended to support internships that are part of a foreign degree program.
The following are some of the details of these categories.
- Minimum duration is three weeks
- Maximum duration is 1 year
- The visitor must be invited by a host department
- The visitor must currently be pursuing a degree at an accredited postsecondary academic institution outside of the U.S.
- The internship at OHIO must fulfill the educational objectives for the degree program at the home institution
- In addition to the standard J scholar paperwork, form DS 7002 undefined must be completed by the visitor and the host professor
Special Conditions on the Student Intern Category
Two Year Home Residence Requirement
Some J-1 Exchange Visitors (and their dependents) will be subject to the Two Year Home Residence Requirement, also known as INA 212(e). If subject, this rule requires the J visa holder to spend a total of two years in their home country before becoming eligible to obtain H, K, or L visa status, or to become a Permanent Resident of the U.S. It also prevents the ability to apply for a change of status within the U.S.
There are several ways that a J scholar may become subject to the 212(e):
- The J program is financed directly by the U.S. government
- The J program is financed by the visitor’s home government
- The exchange visitor’s country and field are designated on the Exchange Visitor Skills List
In some circumstances it is possible to request a waiver of the Two Year Home Residence Requirement. ISFS is not able to advise on this process. Details and instructions can be found on the Department of State website.