The J-1 visa is issued to people who are participating in the Exchange Visitor Program regulated by the U.S. Government. While most students at The University of Tennessee enter the U.S. with F-1 visas, some students have J-1 status because they are here with a specific exchange program or because they have a government scholarship or funding from another organization. The spouse and children (up to 21 years of age) of a J-1 student may apply for J-2 visas.
Many of the rules for J-1 students are similar to the laws for F-1 students, but there are some important differences that J-1 students should learn and understand. Failure to “follow the rules” may result in the termination of a student’s program, and may require the student to leave the U.S.
J-1 students with questions about U.S. laws that pertain to the J-1 visa category are encouraged to speak with an advisor at the Center for International Education. For a concise summary of all the immigration information listed below, please download our J-1 Student Immigration 101 Handout. We also provide this immigration 101 handout to incoming J-1 international students during our orientation immigration regulations session.