J1 visa teachers for SY 2013-14 New & Renewals
|Han Ban Teacher Hui Li at post in Maryland|
There are fifteen categories of J-1 visa. See http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/exchange-visa.html#1 and click on the first link that takes you to the category list. A Hanban teacher who comes to the US in J-1 teacher status cannot work in a university without the necessary permission from the university's Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) overseeing J-1 visas.
One of the oft-misunderstood facts about J-1 visa renewal is that, if the J-1 visa in the passport is expiring in mid-June of the current year (for example, June 30, 2013), it is not necessary to update the passport visa IF the foreign teachers STAYS in the US. The updated DS-2019 form issued by the visa designation sponsor (the Cordell Hull Foundation) which lengthens the term of the J-1 teacher visa or offers an updated travel validation, is sufficient to keep the J-1 visitor in status.
A J-1 visa passport stamp that expires before the beginning of the new school year (for example September 1, 2013) does not pose a problem for the 15 categories of J-1 visas (of which "teacher" is one category) UNLESS the teacher leaves the US and tries to return to the US later than 2 weeks before the expiration date. Therefore, to stay in J-1 visa status, an updated stamp is only required to RE-ENTER the US (provided that the teacher has received a new DS-2019 form from the visa sponsor, the Cordell Hull Foundation).
You can also find a wealth of information about the J-1 teacher exchange program on our FAQs page: http://www.cordellhull.org/english/FAQ/Default.asp
Marianne Mason, President,
Cordell Hull Foundation for International Education,
New York City
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