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).
Citizens from 40 countries on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are allowed to travel to the United States for “business, tourism, visiting or pleasure” for stays of 90 days or less without a visa. ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. It is an online system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP.