Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes khổng lồ enter the United inhop.vns must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Exchange visitor (J) visas are nonimmigrant visas for individuals approved khổng lồ participate in exchange visitor programs in the United inhop.vns.

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Exchange Visitors cannot on the Visa Waiver Program or with Visitor Visas- An exchange visitor visa (J) is required lớn participate in an exchange visitor program in the United inhop.vns. Foreign nationals may not study after entering on a visitor (B) visa or through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)For more information on the VWPhường, seeVisa Waiver Program.

Acceptance in Exchange Visitor Program- The first step is lớn apply for và be accepted into lớn an exchange visitor program through a designated sponsoring organization in the United inhop.vns. Visit the Department of inhop.vnJ-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Programtrang web lớn learn about program requirements, regulations, and more.After the exchange visitor program accepts your participation, you will be registered for the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) và must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee (except in certain cases – consult your exchange visitor program sponsor). Visit the U.S. Immigration và Customs Enforcement (ICE)Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)trang web to learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee.

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How khổng lồ Apply

There are several steps to lớn apply for a visa. The order of these steps và how you complete them may vary by U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please consult the instructions on theembassy or consulate website.

Complete the Online Visa Application

Schedule an Interview

Interviews are generally required for visa applicants with certain limited exceptions below. Consular officers may require an interview of any visa applicant.

If you are age:

Then an interview is:

13 and younger

14 - 79

80 and older

Generally not required

Required (some exceptions for renewals)

Generally not required

You should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at theU.S. Embassy or Consulatein the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside of the country where you live.

Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. Review the interview wait time for the location where you will apply:

Appointment Wait Time

Await time listed as"999calendar days"indicates that the Consular Section is only providing that service to lớn emergency cases. Please kiểm tra the Embassy or Consulate website for further information.

Select a U.S. Embassy or Consulate:

Where will you apply?


Visa Wait Times Nonimmigrant Visa Type Appointment Wait Time
Visitor Visa -- days
Student/Exchange Visitor Visas -- days
All Other Nonimmigrant Visas -- days