In 1961 the Mutual Educational and Exchange Act, i.e. Fulbright-Hayes Act, established the J-Exchange Visitor visa category.
The US Department of State website states the purpose of the program "is to enhance understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges."
The J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa and, as such, the visa applicant must prove to the visa officer's satisfaction (at the time of the visa interview at the US Consulate) that he or she will return home at the completion of his or her program.
Dr. Craig Wheeland
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Responsible Officer (RO)
Tolentine Hall, Room 103
Ms. Anne Mattia
Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO)
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
International Student Office
Office of Academic Affairs
Do NOT leave the DHS area of the airport if your Arrival Record (white I-94 card) has any designation other than J-1.
Please ensure you see a DHS officer before leaving the DHS area to have the Arrival Record (white I-94 card) corrected.
In the Philadelphia area temperatures generally are moderate and rarely go below 0 Farenheit or above 100 Farenheit. For more information about local weather conditions, please see www.weather.com
It is strongly suggested you do NOT attempt to bring food items with you when you come to the U.S. Due to health and safety concerns, food items, i.e. plants and meat products, will be seized at the port of entry for destruction.