AIPT Train USA FAQ
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>>> What is a J-1 visa?
The J-1 visa is a cultural exchange visa. It is a tool of public diplomacy
administered by the U.S. Department of State. It was developed to expose
individuals from around the world to the culture and institutions of the United
States and to foster a better understanding of the U.S. perspective on a variety
>>> What is the J-1 visa for training?
There are 16 categories of the J-1 visa, and training is one of them. This
cultural exchange visa is used to allow foreign professionals to train with a
U.S.-based host organization for up to 18 months. You must have EITHER a
degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution
outside the United States and at least one year of prior related work experience
in your occupational field OR have five years of work experience outside the
United States in your occupational field.
>>> What is the J-1 visa for internships?
There are 16 categories of the J-1 visa, the intern being a subcategory. This
cultural exchange visa is used to allow foreign students and recent graduates
to train with a U.S.-based host organization for up to 12 months. You must be
EITHER currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree or certificate
granting post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S. OR graduated
from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to your internship
program start date.
>>> What is the J-1 visa for summer work and travel?
Another one of the J-1 visa categories is the summer work travel category.
This category enables university-level students who are enrolled full-time in
classes to come to the United States during their summer break to work and
travel in the United States for up to four (4) months.
>>> What is on-the-job training?
The focus of on-the-job training is "learning-by-doing." On-the-job training
should not be compared to the “apprenticeship” that is practiced in many