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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) provides opportunities for qualified foreign nationals to travel and gain experience in the US through a wide range of programs for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.
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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) Training programs allow foreign professionals to come to the US to gain exposure to US culture and to receive training in US business practices in their chosen occupational field.
Eligibility
• Foreign nationals” who either (1) have a degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary school plus one year of related work experience, or (2) have five years of related work experience outside the United States
• Have verifiable English language skills sufficient to function on a day-to-day basis in their training environment

Highlights
• Participants are put in structured and guided work-based training programs which are intended to enhance the skills and expertise of exchange visitors in their academic or occupational fields and improve participants’ knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and technology

Duration
• Maximum 12 months (agriculture and hospitality); 18 months (others)

Benefits
• Enhance the skills and expertise of participants in their academic or occupational fields through participation in a structure and guided training-based program

Limitations and remarks
• No unskilled or casual labor positions
• No positions that require more than 20% clerical or office support work
• No positions that require or involve child care or elder care
• No positions that involve patient care or contact

Allowed occupational categories
• Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
• Arts and Culture
• Construction and Building Trades
• Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services
• Health Related Occupations
• Hospitality and Tourism
• Information Media and Communications
• Management, Business, Commerce and Finance
• Public Administration and Law
• The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial Occupations