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New Program For J-1 STEM International Students

New Program For J-1 STEM International Students

To help the United States’ economic recovery, the U.S. wants to attract more foreign J-1 STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) talent. The Departments of State and Homeland Security announced a new immigration program to increase opportunities for foreign STEM scholars, students, researchers and other experts on a J-1 visa and the U.S. businesses that want to employ them. The Early Career STEM Research Initiative will facilitate training for undergraduate and pre-doctoral university students in STEM fields on a J-1 academic visa for up to 36 months. BridgeUSA is the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) under the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

The J-1 visa extension applies to the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years.

What Is A J-1 Visa?

J-1 visas are for nonimmigrants participating in exchange programs such as short-term scholars and university students. To qualify for a J-1 visa, foreign applicants must be primarily in the United States to study, pursue training that is directly related to their major field of study, and either engage in a full course of study or commence with their academic training within 30 days after completion of their related studies.

Qualifications for a J-1 STEM Extension

Eligibility requirements for the J-1 STEM extension include:

  • Be on post-completion and hold an appropriate degree in one of the DHS-approved STEM fields.
  • Be employed by or have a job offer from an employer who is registered with the E-Verify employment verification system.
  • Have fewer than 90 days of unemployment while on OPT.
  • USCIS must receive the application before the expiration date on the current EAD.

A student visa immigration attorney can help you apply for a student visa, and avoid the simple mistakes or missed deadlines that can lead to your application being denied.

Learn More:

New Guidance on O-1A Visa Requirements
Expansion of STEM Optional Practical Training

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