J1 Program is your opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience as a full-time PAID* intern or trainee placed with a company in the United States. Here are all the J1 internship eligibility rules.
J1 Interns To be eligible for the J1 internship visa, candidates must be foreign professionals
Who are currently enrolled in a foreign degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States; or
Who have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to their J1 internship start date.
J1 Trainees To be eligible for the J1 training visa, candidates must be foreign professionals who have
A degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution AND at least 1 year of work experience in his/her professional field. Note that in this case both education and the experience must come from outside the United States.
If a candidate has a degree from the United States or a degree from overseas unrelated to his/her desired field of training, candidate needs to show he/she has
5 years of work experience outside the United States in the field in which they are seeking training