J-1 Visa

Are you planning to travel to the United States on an exchange program, such as working as a visiting professor, a research scholar, or another type of visitor that is facilitating some sort of cultural exchange? Then you may need to apply for a J-1 visa before you are permitted to enter the country in the capacity of a cultural exchange visitor.

There are a variety of criteria that you will need to be certain that you meet before you are able to apply and then will need to be very detail-oriented throughout the entire application process to ensure that you submit all of the proper paperwork and documentation and that you adhere to the strict deadlines.

The team at the Florida Immigration Law Counsel is available to help you through every step of your J-1 Visa application process and will be happy to begin working with you. Contact us now to speak with an experienced professional during an initial consultation, and learn about how we have worked with previous J-1 applicants, what to expect during the time that you work with us, and have an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have as they relate specifically to your own application process.

Read more below about J-1 Visas in the United States, and contact us now to schedule your initial consultation.

Do I Need a J-1 Visa?

If you have been accepted in a cultural exchange program already, then it is highly likely that the administration of the program will have already informed you of the type of visa that you will need to apply to. There are a variety of categories of a J-1 visa that are both in the private and the public sectors. Below is just an example of some of the categories, but you will need to have explicit information regarding your own purpose of your visit to the United States in order to determine if this visa is the right one for you.


A professor or a research scholar is required to have a J-1 visa for the duration of their visit.


If you are receiving training on American business practices through a structured program, as a degree- or certificate-holding professional, then you likely need this visa.


If you have been hired as an intern after completing a degree of study and will be learning about American business practices, then the J-1 is the visa you will likely need.

College and University Students

If you are attending an American college or university for a degree, non-degree, or an internship, then you will need this visa.

Au Pairs

An au pair is someone who lives with an American family for 12 months in order to learn about the culture, while also caring for the children of the family.


If you are a specialist in a variety of fields and are visiting the United States in order to contribute to work in your field, then you will need this visa.

Again, this list is not comprehensive and is only meant to give an overview idea of the types of roles that fall under a J-1 visa. If you are unsure of whether or not you need a J-1 or would like to learn more about what visa you should be applying for, contact us today to speak with an experienced visa attorney in Florida, and we will be happy to help.

Requirements For a J-1 Visa

The specific requirements for your J-1 visa application will depend on a variety of specifics relating to your field, your situation, and the capacity in which you will be visiting the United States. However, there are some main requirements that will likely need to be met in order for your application to be approved.

  • You must be accepted into an approved program
  • You must have all of the required documentation to complete your application
  • You must have a valid passport for traveling to the United States
  • You must likely be able to pass an English language proficiency exam such as the TOEFL, with few exceptions.
  • You must have the minimum required insurance

These are only a few of the general requirements for a J-1 applicant, and we will be able to assist you in going through each specific requirement for your circumstances in order to maximize your chances of being approved after your first application is submitted. It can be extremely frustrating to spend a significant amount of time working on an application, only to be rejected because of a simple procedural error or missing documentation.

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We will be able to help you every step of the way with your application, whether it is double-checking the work you have already done, making certain that you have all of the required documents, or even helping you stick to the submission schedule. In order to get the best idea of how we can help, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. It is likely that your application is time-sensitive in order to ensure that you are able to arrive in the United States on time for your program, so it is essential that you act now.


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Caring and compassionate, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is a Florida immigration attorney dedicated to producing the results her clients need. She has over 17 years of experience helping both corporate and individual clients with an emphasis in employment/investment cases and family adjustment cases.

As the Managing Attorney at Florida Immigration Law Counsel, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez and her team are capable of representing and helping individuals looking to attain a Family VisaWork Visa, and Citizenship/Naturalization. Her experience successfully representing clients in front of the Department of Justice for cases involving Deportation/Removal Proceedings will lead to success in your case.

Her experience and expertise in immigration litigation has led to multiple Avvo awards and other accolades, including the Clients’ Choice for 2017 Immigration Attorney. Her clients also consistently post positive reviews on her Facebook page. Her experience has also allowed her to teach a new generation of lawyers as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, and she also regularly gives speeches on immigration matters.

Counselor Gonzalez is also experienced in helping corporate clients through the process of filing for Employment Visas, Labor Certifications, and Business and Investment Visas with the Department of Labor. She takes on the entire case from start to finish, simplifying the process for her clients and allowing them to focus on their business.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi – Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and assured in making her their go-to immigration attorney in Florida. Her goal is to ensure that those who want to live the American dream have a professional fighting for them and making the process as painless as possible.

Saman’s passion for immigration law stems from her personal life as the daughter of immigrants. Her parents were recipients of the student F1 visa in 1971. Her father came into this country with the goal to improve his life and the life of his children. He earned a PhD in Civil Engineering and Business, instilling in his daughter a strong work ethic that she carries to this day. Saman saw firsthand what it means to be an immigrant and achieve the American Dream.

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