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Five reasons why attorneys like the J-1 visa

Five reasons why attorneys like the J-1 visa

Immigration attorneys have a wide range of visa options at their disposal. Many have discovered the J-1 visa as one...

18-month Trainee program at a hotel?!

18-month Trainee program at a hotel?!

There seems to be some confusion about the maximum duration of Trainee programs, especially for trainee programs at hotels and...

Can a J-1 Trainee really remain in the U.S. for 20 months?!

Can a J-1 Trainee really remain in the U.S. for 20 months?!

Well… technically Yes. But let’s differentiate between program participation, grace period and arrival time before program start. Program participation: the...

What Documents Determine a J-1’s Legal Status?

What Documents Determine a J-1’s Legal Status?

A J-1 Visa holder’s status is determined by the following documents: Form DS-2019, a J-1 visa and Form I-94. Let’s...

No travel validation – no entry?

No travel validation – no entry?

Last week we talked about a J-1’s travel outside the U.S. We concluded that the DS-2019 must be validated before...

Travel validation

Travel validation

J-1 Visa holders are allowed to exit and re-enter the U.S. during their program.  But, they need to have their...

What is the “Two-Year Rule”?

What is the “Two-Year Rule”?

Interested in participating in another J-1 program,  J-1 participants often tell us “The 2-year rule does not apply to me,...