U.S. Immigration Lawyer: J-1 Cultural and Educational Exchange Visas
Attorneys at U.S. Law Center assist sponsoring schools, research institutes and cultural organizations in J-1 visa and Q visa applications for the promotion of educational and cultural exchange programs. J and Q visas allow students, trainees involved in on-the-job training, teachers, researchers and consultants to travel in the United States and participate in the demonstration and sharing of specific knowledge. These are temporary work visas, and visa applicants are required to demonstrate binding ties to their home countries, that the applicants have sufficient funds to cover expenses in the United States, and that they intend to return home to utilize the skills and experience acquired in the U.S.
Representing sponsoring organizations
Our lawyers are prepared to represent approved sponsoring organizations, including organizations arranging for exchange programs for university students, research scholars, teachers, professors, au pairs, trainees and camp counselors. If our client is applying for temporary immigration under a J-1 visa, we prepare form IAP-66 on behalf of the designated sponsoring organization and visa application form DS-156 on behalf of the applicant. When representing a participant in the Q exchange program, we prepare form I-129, petition for nonimmigrant worker, on behalf of the applicant and form I-797 on behalf of the sponsoring organization. Our office files all forms with the USCIS and monitors the progress of the application.
Apply for your visa well in advance of your trip
Current security measures involve extensive screening of exchange visitor visa applications under the cultural exchange Q visa or exchange visitors J visa programs. It is important to begin the application process at the earliest possible time in order to ensure timely approval.
Family members of the exchange visitor
The spouse and/or unmarried children under the age of 21 of a J visa holder may apply for entry under J-2 status. Our attorneys handle all related applications and filings as part of our services for the J visa applicant.
If you represent an educational or cultural organization and would like to speak with one of our lawyers about J-visa or Q-visa application services, please e-mail or call our Orange County (714.602.5681) or Riverside County (951.808.5342) office to arrange a complimentary consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Our fees are competitive and we accept credit cards. Se habla español.