What is a J-1 student?
The J-1 visa is generally used for students in specific educational exchange programs. It may also be used by the University for students in degree programs. Describing the purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program, Department of State regulations state that, "The purpose of the Program is to provide foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences, and to encourage Americans to participate in educational and cultural programs in other countries." To be eligible for a J-1 visa, students must receive a majority of their financial support from sources other than personal funds.