J-1 VISA


J-1 Visa Teacher Exchange Program
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Teacher Exchange Blog:  http://j1visateachexc.blogspot.com/

The Cordell Hull Foundation for International Education is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 visas for exchange visitors and takes pride in overseeing exchange programs for teachers from fifty countries. After enjoying the experience of teaching in the United States on a temporary basis of one to three years, teachers may request an extension for a 4th and 5th year (as long as they do not apply for a 212-E waiver. At the end of the three-year or five-year period, program participants return home to share memories and realistic feedback on American culture. The Cordell Hull Foundation offices are centrally located in Midtown Manhattan near Central Park.

To qualify as a J-1 exchange teacher visitor, foreign nationals must be invited by a school, district or state to participate in CHF’s Exchange Visitor program and:

(1) meet the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in their country of nationality or last legal residence,
(2) have at least two years’ teaching or related professional experience,
(3) satisfy the standards of the US state where they will teach,
(4) be proficient in the English language,
(5) be of good reputation and character, and seek to enter the U.S.
(6) teach full time for a minimum of 32 hours per week,
(7) not have worked or taught in the United States for previous two years
(8) teach at the same level (Kinder, primaryary, middle or secondary)

Applications from individual teachers will be accepted and kept in our database.  CHF is not a personnel agency and does not represent nor seek positions for individual foreign teachers. French teachers from francophone countries must be certified to teach in France in order to qualify for CHF’s French immersion school programs.  See CHF Teacher Application link at the bottom of this webpage which includes a Memo of Understanding of J-1 and CHF program rules to sign and fax to CHF.

The English version of the form may be completed in either English or French.  For best results, the Spanish version of the application should be completed in English.

CHINESE PROGRAM – Shanghai High School 2007


In an effort to assist American teachers to find teaching positions, abroad, we are announcing our collaboration with Shanghai High School’s International Department.  The beautiful campus, spread out over many acres of well-kept gardens and walkways and buildings organized around subject areas such as languages, mathematics, science, arts.  Standards are high, and there is a waiting list for full time expatriate teachers to join the student body of over 2,000 students.  Senior Teacher Zhang ZeHong is pictured at right.  Applicants must have a Bachelor degree. Those who have a Masters or a Doctorate, and a teaching license or teaching experience are preferred.

Pictured left:  Tech building lobby decorated with artwork designed by students

During Chinese legal holidays, school and Christmas holidays full-time teachers are entitled to rest with full pay according to the number of classes listed on the schedule. (summer vacation and winter vacation not included) The official national holidays are subject to the Shanghai Municipal Government’s notification.  Teachers Interested in working at Shanghai High School may visit the website: www.shsid.org   More information is available.

CHINESE PROGRAM – Shanghai High School 2007

In an effort to assist American teachers to find teaching positions, abroad, we are announcing our collaboration with Shanghai High School’s International Department.  The beautiful campus, spread out over many acres of well-kept gardens and walkways and buildings organized around subject areas such as languages, mathematics, science, arts.  Standards are high, and there is a waiting list for full time expatriate teachers to join the student body of over 2,000 students.  Senior Teacher Zhang ZeHong is pictured at right.  Applicants must have a Bachelor degree. Those who have a Masters or a Doctorate, and a teaching license or teaching experience are preferred.


Pictured left:  Tech building lobby decorated with artwork designed by students

During Chinese legal holidays, school and Christmas holidays full-time teachers are entitled to rest with full pay according to the number of classes listed on the schedule. (summer vacation and winter vacation not included) The official national holidays are subject to the Shanghai Municipal Government’s notification.  Teachers Interested in working at Shanghai High School may visit the website: www.shsid.org   More information is available.

Pictured below:  All-Saints-Day Display Tribute to deLesseps S. “Toni” Morrison, previous Executive Director of the Cordell Hull Foundation for 22 years. 
To qualify for J-1 Exchange Visitor status, teachers must hold valid teaching certificates or university degrees from their home countries, have at least three years of teaching experience or the equivalent, and meet other requirements. See What are the basic requirements for teacher acceptance into the CHF Exchange Visitor Program? on the FAQ webpage. Teachers are contracted by the school, school district or state education system on a temporary basis for a period of one year, extendable to three years. Participants are expected to return to their native countries to exercise skills and knowledge acquired in the United States, thus strengthening the ties and communications which unite us with other nations of the world.

Pictured with her students is Julieta Montiel, a Panamanian teacher who obtained her Masters degree using a Cordell Hull Foundation tuition waiver in Louisiana negotiated by former Executjulieta.jpg (13621 bytes)

ive Director deLesseps “Toni” Morrison.Other initiatives include a funding campaign to produce a one-hour Documentary film on the life of Cordell Hull during  his years of planning the United Nations, and a pilot teacher technology-training programs for CHF exchange teachers.  Funding is being sought for thed.s. Toni Morrison Summer Studies Program in Antigua, Guatemala to support short-term intensive study trips for teachers or businesspeople to become fluent in Spanish.  Students have the opportunity of living with a Guatemalan family while enjoying expert one-on-one instruction from native-speaking specialists at the Escuela San Jose el Viejo.  SeeInternational Programs.New York City Walking ToursWebpage written by CHF Trustees and edited by Joseph Scott, Communications Director.

Click here to go to CHF Teacher Application in English.
After pop-up box appears, click on Cancel or Escape.  Save the file using your last name.
Memorandum of Understanding – Required for Teacher Applicants to print and sign

LOS MAESTROS:  Haga click al lado de la bandera espa?ola para la Solicitud de la Fundaci?n Cordell Hull para Maestros en Espa?ol
Despus, haga click en CANCEL o ESC – Save it on computer with your LASTNAME

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