Resources > Section 17 > J-1 Visa Application & US Entry > Exchange visitor (J-1) visa
After being accepted to a BridgeUSA J-1 Exchange Visitor by a designated sponsor and issued Form DS-2019 and SEVIS ID, prospective exchange visitors will apply for a J-1 visa at a US embassy or consulate (Canadians apply for J-1 status at a US port of entry).
Program period refers to the period of time approved by the program sponsor during which an exchange visitor is admitted to the United States to engage in exchange activities as reflected on their Form DS-2019 (and Form DS-7002 for exchange interns/trainees). For exchange interns, the minimum duration is 3 weeks, and the maximum duration is 12 months. For exchange trainees, the maximum duration is 18 months. Exchange interns/trainees in the hospitality occupational category can intern up to 12 months.