J1 Visa Teacher Exchange Fees
1st year Sponsorship – $1,200
2nd year – $800
3rd year – $400
4th-5th years – $1,000 plus $367
State Department Extension fee
Bulk rate: $1,000 per first-year teacher for over 10 teachers sponsored
Exchange sponsorship fees must be paid by the school, school district, or Confucius Institute, not by the teacher.
The American Embassy charges $160 + $180 to issue the J1 teacher visa in the passport. A teacher may pay these fees or be reimbursed by the school.
J-2 dependent spouse – $200 per year
J-2 dependent child – $100 per year
Sponsorship fees include school and teacher screening, 5-hour new-teacher orientation seminar in over 15 U.S. cities, including New York, L.A., San Francisco, Kalamazoo and usually in DC, Louisiana, Oregon and other states, pre-arrival and orientation manual in three languages, visa and immigration booklets in six languages, instructions and advice on how to apply for and interview for the J-1 teacher exchange visa at American Embassies worldwide, 36 instruction videos on various aspects of the exchange program in four languages, and continual monitoring and consultation throughout the 1-5 year term.
CHF has been designated since 1962 to administer teacher exchanges and sponsor J-1 and J-2 visas by the US State Dept Bureau of Cultural Affairs. After enjoying the experience of teaching in the United States on a temporary basis of one to five years, program participants are expected to return home to share realistic feedback on American culture.
Cordell Hull Foundation offices are centrally located in midtown Manhattan in Rockefeller Center. Visit by appointment only, please.
To qualify as an exchange teacher visitor, required in J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Regulations (22 CFR Part 62),foreign nationals must be invited by a school, district or state to participate in and:
(1) possess the qualifications for teaching in kindergarten, primary or secondary schools in country of nationality or last legal residence;
(2) have two years of full-time teaching experience previous to application for J-1 teacher visa;
(3) satisfy the standards of the US state in which they will teach;
(4) be proficient in the English language;
(5) be of good reputation and character, and teach full time a minimum of 32 hours per week;
(6) teach at the same level (kinder, primary, middle or secondary) at which they are trained in home country;
(7) posses the equivalent of a four-year university degree in teaching or the subject they will teach;
(8) be working as a TEACHER (not a principal, curriculum coordinator, etc.) at the time of application.
Restrictions on previous recruitment guidelines (since 2-29-2016):
(a) A candidate who has been a teacher for 20 years but was promoted to school principal the year before application can be disqualified.
(b) The candidate must actually be teaching at the time of application (submitting candidature to the school).
(c) A candidate may not be placed at the K3 or K4 level unless teaching foreign language immersion in an elementary, K-8, or K-12 school.
The regulations call for only teachers experienced in the level and area of expertise to be placed in American PreK-12 classrooms. New regulations seek to prohibit “practice” teaching in other grade levels or re-acclimating to teaching after a teacher candidate has served exclusively staff or supervisory positions for the year prior. Being a designated teacher sponsor, the Cordell Hull Foundation is obligated to implement policy. Though we may try to influence it, we are not at liberty to set the J-1 teacher visa regulations.
Applications from individual foreign teachers will be accepted and kept in our database. CHF is not a recruitment agency and does not represent individual teachers. French teachers from Francophone countries must be certified to teach in France to qualify for immersion programs in homoglued French-American schools. See Teacher Application link at the bottom of this webpage which includes a Memo of Understanding to sign and fax to CHF.
The form may be completed in either English, French, or Spanish. For best results, Spanish teachers please complete the CHF application form in English.
Schools and public school districts are invited to learn more about the teacher exchange J-1 visa program and that which we stand ready and able to do for you. For details, click on FAQs … Frequently Asked Questions.
Approximately 90% of CHF teachers work in Baccalaureate, bilingual or language-immersion programs in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, German or Greek. 5% teach ESL, Math and Science.
Pictured below: All-Saints-Day Tribute to deLesseps S. “Toni” Morrison, former Executive Director of CHF
See What are the requirements for acceptance into the CHF Exchange Teacher 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 at a time, extendable to five years. Participants are expected to return to their native countries to exercise skills and knowledge acquired in the United States, thus strengthening the ties which unite us with other nations.
Pictured with students is Julieta Montiel, a Panamanian teacher who obtained her Masters degree using a Cordell Hull Foundation tuition waiver in Louisiana negotiated by former Executive Director deLesseps “Toni” Morrison.
Other initiatives include production of a one-hour Documentary film on the life of Cordell Hull and a video produced to help foreign exchange teachers find teaching jobs in the US (see J-1 VISA / Instruction Videos). CHF recommends through the d.s. Toni Morrison Summer Studies Program in Antigua, Guatemala the expert one-on-one instruction offered by native-speaking specialists at the Escuela San Jose el Viejo for 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 individualized instruction. See International Programs.
Webpage written by CHF Trustees and edited by Joseph Scott, Communications Director.
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