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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) Teacher is for foreign nationals with the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree in either education or the subject matter (or related subjects) s/he intends to teach and a minimum of the equivalent of two years of post-degree full-time teaching experience, who are employed as a teacher at the time of application for the program, for the purpose of teaching full-time in a primary or secondary accredited academic institution.
Eligibility
• Meet the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in their country of nationality or last legal residence
• Be working as a teacher in the home country or country of legal residence at the time of application, or, if not working as a teacher, otherwise meet the eligibility qualifications and (a) have recently (within 12 months of application) completed an advanced degree and (b) have two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years;
• Have a degree-equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree in either education or the academic subject field in which they intend to teach
• Have a minimum of two years (24 months) of teaching or related professional experience
• Satisfy the standards of the US state in which they will teach
• Be of good reputation and character
• Be seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of full-time teaching as a teacher of record at a primary (including pre-kindergarten) or secondary accredited educational institution in the US (pre-kindergarten teachers must teach full-time, and at the pre-kindergarten level, may teach only language immersion at an accredited host school)
• Possess sufficient proficiency in the English language

Program summary
• Educational and cultural enrichment: Sharpen professional skills and participate in cross-cultural activities in schools and communities, and return to their home school after the exchange to share their experiences and increased knowledge of the US and the US educational system

Duration
• Maximum 3 years

Remarks
• Participants teach in accredited primary and secondary schools in the US