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What is CHF?

The Cordell Hull Foundation (CHF) has sponsored J-1 visas for teachers since 1962 and since 1951 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named for Cordell Hull, 1945 Nobel Peace Prize recipient as “Father of the United Nations.”
Click on Teacher Exchange for details.

HOW TO RENEW J-1 Teacher Visa

Culture shock is covered in CHF’s J1 visa orientations for new teachers and is treated in CHF Director Marianne Mason’s J1 VISA UNCLOAKED, available on amazon.com.

Cultural information from the native country is communicated in foreign language classes, pageants, plays, readings, field trips, and other activities.  See examples on the CULTURAL ACTIVITIES page.  In language immersion schools, fifth-grade students travel to the target country, stay with host families, and participate in classes with their counterparts, then reciprocate when foreign students travel to the U.S. We sponsor French, Spanish, Mandarin, German, Greek, and Italian immersion schools where all subjects are taught in the foreign language.

CHF is not a teacher recruitment nor a placement agency.  For guidance on whom to contact to find a teaching job in the US, click here for the short video in English, and here for Spanish.

For J-1 visa status, foreign teachers must
(1) qualify to teach in K-12 schools in their country of nationality or last legal residence
(2) have two years’ full-time teaching experience
(3) satisfy the standards of the US state where they teach
(4) be fluent in English
(5) be of good reputation and character
(6) teach full-time 32 hours per week minimum in the US
(7) possess the equivalent of a US university BA degree (4 years) in education or subject taught
(8) be currently working as a teacher in home country or country of last legal residence (not as a principal, intern, tutor)
(8) have worked in J-1 visa status in the US during the previous 2 years
(9) work in day-care schools

Schools – HOW TO APPLY

Watch our 5-minute New Program Video in English or Spanish. The link is listed on our INSTRUCTION VIDEOS page for foreign teacher exchange.
In order to set up a working relationship to establish an Exchange Teacher Program for CHF to sponsor foreign teachers in J1 Teacher Visa status, fill out the NEW SPONSOR FORM.

Or read the SET-UP GUIDE for detailed instructions.

Confirm with CHF if a teacher is qualified for a J-1 teacher visa before going through other steps.

For late starts (after October) there are additional steps necessary to follow.

Cordell Hull Biography

Click here to access his list of accomplishments


Click on Teacher Exchange link above for fees.


Health Insurance for J-1 teachers 

Relocation Guide for Schools  hosting Foreign Teachers

Teachers – HOW TO APPLY

You may fill out an application which CHF will keep on file.  Note: The school must pay your fee for visa sponsorship.
See “How to Teach in the US” in our INSTRUCTION VIDEOS.

1. Download application from FORMS page in three languages. Complete in English (click below).

2. Download CHF Memo of Understanding from FORMS page. Read, sign, scan and email to pro@cordellhull.org.

For more details, see the Foreign Exchange Teachers page.

Click here for CHF application form in English: