The J-1 visa is generally used for students in specific educational exchange programs such as the Fulbright, LASPAU, DAAD, AmidEast, etc. Educational institutions such as Norwich University may also sponsor J-1 visas for students in their degree programs. The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor 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.
The J-1 visa program is managed by a shared database called the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
The J-1 visa and the J-2 visa (for dependents) are obtained by submitting a Form DS-2019 issued by the Exchange Visitor sponsor to a U.S. embassy or consulate.