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The J-1 Visa

How Long Does It Take to Get a J-1 Visa?

How Long Does It Take to Get a J-1 Visa?

Understanding the J-1 Visa process and the time it takes to be approved can be the difference between a relatively easy process and a last-minute rush filled with anxiety. Here at InterExchange, we want you to be as prepared as possible. On average, it takes six to eight weeks to apply for and be approved for a J-1 Visa.

Here is a breakdown of the process and estimated timing for each:
Completing an application (7-14 days)

Both you and your host employer will need to complete an application with InterExchange and provide the necessary documents.

During this time, InterExchange will check your application to ensure it is complete and contact you for any missing documents. If documents are missing, this can delay the process.

InterExchange has a 10-day review period once an application has been deemed complete. During this time, we will contact you to conduct a brief interview over Skype or Google Meet.

Wait times for interviews can vary depending on the city and time of year. Please keep in mind that you will need your documents from InterExchange for the interview so scheduling in advance is not possible.

It can take up to a week for the embassy to return your passport to you with your new visa.

InterExchange does have an expedite option! For an additional charge, the full review can be done in just 3 days!

InterExchange prides itself on keeping costs low and reviewing applications as quickly as possible. We are here to help you with the process, so please contact us with any questions you have. Good luck in your internship!