THE FEAR OF GOING HOME IS REAL: The End of the J1 Visa Program Fear

The facts are very clear.


  1. The J1 visa program is only valid for three years plus two years of possible extension - for a total of five years.
  2. Teachers under the program are subject to Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212(e) two-year home requirement. This means that unless you are exempt, as stated in your passport and DS 2019 form, you have to go home for two years after the end of the J1 program before you can re-apply again. Some teachers luckily receive an exemption in their visa passport stamp for whatever reason. 
  3. You can waive the two-year home requirement through waiver application. 

The J1 visa program to those who started in SY 18-19 is coming to its end. Some teachers are suddenly alarmed and panicky!


Mmmm, I wonder why?

Could it be that:


  1. They have spent all their US dollars and have not prioritized paying off their debts?
  2. They have forgotten why they applied for the J1 visa program in the first place?
  3. They have enjoyed the $5000-$10000 credit cards - the credit agencies willingly approved them and maxed it out?
  4. They have bought all the earthly branded things the US dollars can buy and saved none?
  5. They have traveled galore as if there's no end to the program and spent their money unnecessarily?


Because suddenly some turned into VICTIM mindset:


  1. Blaming agencies who helped them teach in the US.
  2. Blaming their J1 visa sponsors for the yearly renewal of their visa and/or dependent's visas.
  3. Blaming the Department of Education in the Philippines for forcing them to resign. (But what's fair? Keep their jobs in Dep Ed while they earn dollars?)
  4. Blaming the Philippine government for everything!
  5. Blaming everyone but themselves for not SAVING enough money or prioritizing the use of their US dollars?


Or do you now point fingers at your spouse and children because they are in the US with you as well?


Remember, choosing to bring your family to the US vs. saving tons of money living singly in the US is a choice. 


If you chose and decided to bring your family to the US, you have given your family the US experience and US education. And no one can take that away from them. 


There is nothing wrong with lavish spending and traveling if you have your ducks in a row and have pre-planned the financial aspect of your life. (Yes, even before deciding to have your family join you here in the US).


As always, correct budgeting, goal planning, and living within your means would save you from all the fears you feel now if you are one of those "some teachers."


And why be afraid to go home?


  1. You have earned and gained five years of US knowledge, skills, and experience. (Plus all the benefits and perks of travels and outlet sales and discounts!) Are you too proud to apply as a teacher to Philippine schools again? 
  2. Or is it because you have not paid your debts in the Philippines after enjoying your five years of stay in the US?
  3. Or is it because your values have changed? You no longer want to go home because the Philippines isn't the USA that provides free toilet papers in public establishments?
  4. Or that the teacher's salary in the Philippines is way too low, and you can't accept that anymore?
  5. Or are you afraid because it involves some moral actions I'd rather not say...
  6. Or you do not want to go "back to zero" again, which is inevitable since change always means going back to zero (in some aspects)?


Whatever your reasons are, please remember you are way better than your victim mindset. Being RESPONSIBLE with your choices and actions is still the best way to go.


Now, if you haven't done so, adjust your budgets and stop the unnecessary spending! 


And please do not make the "holidays" your "another excuse" to buy all the sale items in the outlet stores and travel galore!


CHOOSE WELL!


STOP THE BLAME GAME.


BE HUMBLE.


I hope you will remember when you begged God to give you this "teaching in the US" dream some four years ago. And how you prayed and prayed for God to make it come true.


And then, He did.


Did you forget about Him?


"Fear not," He says, "for I am with you." That still holds, teachers, wherever you are! It's time to trust God once more!


AND FEAR NOT!


You are wiser, bolder, and more confident.


And your family, relatives, and friends in the Philippines await your homecoming!



Related post:  PERMANENTLY RESIDE IN THE US (VIA J1 VISA): YOUR OPTIONS


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30 comments:

  1. Very well said. The fact that teachers know that the J1 visa is not for good and that they should go back to their home country, then they have to accept that. Being able to teach in the US definitely made them better teachers and individuals. I hope to be part of this program soon.

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  2. True! Go for it! See https://www.teach-usa.net to know more.

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  3. I don't fear about going home i knew it from the start.

    Life and work has to be balance. As the saying goes "All work and no play will make you sad and grey". lol😁😁😁 Well, i am one of those who do "travel galore" as what you call it. Yeah I have travelled to a fair amount of places in the US almost all states i also bought myself things in the outlets haha. But doesn't mean spending all my US dollars lolπŸ™„πŸ˜‚. Only stupid will do thatπŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ˜

    PS.
    i'm debt free in ph, bought some properties, had some savings in the bank


    from:
    SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T FEAR TO GO BACK TO THE PHILIPPINES

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  4. Don’t save what is left after spending; spend what is left after saving.

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  5. I set my mind that if given the opportunity to work in the US, a 5-year duration is the maximum. Honestly, worry is something I battle with, but experiencing God's unwavering love and overflowing grace give me a sense of security that He has and will always guide me along the way.

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  6. Applying as a J1 Visa teacher is my deepest cry to God. For the welfare of my children and for the medication of my husband. These are the reasons why I strived so hard for this. To be totally debt free. To live a life that is full of joy happiness and of abundance. Thats all my dream. So I will not make used of my money to unneccesary nonsense things. I need to be frugal and know how to manage my resources. I will not live beyond my means. I will be very thrifty enough so I could save for the future. Avoiding going somewhere else during freetime and make some luxurious life in the Phils. We should give value for every dollar that we earned. And to be totally free from debt, ill pay all my debts in the Philippines and remain living simply here in the US

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  7. Knowing that the Visa will expire in 2-3 years, I should prepare financially. Maybe a vision board will help to remind me of the things I need to do again when I am back home. To acquire a J1 visa is a big responsibility and a big privilege as well. And the last thing I want to do is to blame other people for my own actions.

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  8. As an adult, I have to take full responsibility of my actions. As teachers, I teach values to my students. It's imperative that I walk the talk, or else I will just be a dead man talking. I would love my kids to be with me when I teach in the US, but I will be mindful of my spending. Life is a beautiful journey. Let's be wise and act our age because all the actions that we take have consequences. Remember, everything changes.

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  9. Collaboration 33b

    The article is straightforward and I appreciate it. This reminds us the attitude that we shouldn't be at the end of the program and be grateful instead. It is also true that we should remember that this is an answer to our prayers before. We begged for this. We cried a lot for this. That means, we should take care of this and be grateful. Be wiser also with finances.

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  10. Collaboration 33B
    After reading the article, my mind has accepted what will happen to me when the time comes that teaching career ends in America. I must be thankful and grateful for this opportunities because not all are given the chance to do so. Also, this is something that I have prayed for, have worked hard and I have thanked God for this experience. I will work and live my life to the fullest in America. I will keep and stay with my future plans. I will not spend all the dollars I have earned for things which are not necessary. I must have enough money and I will be financially stable when I go back to the Philippines so that I can still provide a comfortable life for my family and when the time comes that I can apply again, I already have the money for my expenses. With God nothing is impossible. Trust HIM and HE will provide.

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  11. I am not afraid to go home after the j1 visa program. I know from the start that teaching in US is not forever so you must think and decide wisely the things that you do when you are still in US earning dollars.

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  12. I am not afraid to go home after my J1 visa. It is God's grace to be there, to be granted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to teach in USA. I will make sure that I will become a blessing not just for my family but also to other people I come in contact with. After all, God must have a special reason for granting my prayers. As to the overspending issue, I need not worry. Since then, I buy only essentials and I am not a fan of going anywhere and spending lavishly. I am used to simplicity and will never be in vanity. I will make sure to make saving a habit while in the US so the future will be kind for me, come the expiration of my J1 program.

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  13. Everything has an end and one should be preparing for it. The opportunity to work and earn abroad is a huge blessing from God. One should always remember the reason for the application to teach in the US with a J1 Visa. For me, my reason for applying will always be my motivation to plan and prepare, save and go back home to my family. Always pray and cling on to God so we will never lose our way!

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  14. I am excited, because I am ready to share my experiences with my co teachers I'd left in the Philippines. I will reapply to Deped and surely will rehire me. Who will not accept an International Teacher honed experiences and skills in the US? I am proud and thankful of coming back, safe and sound.

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  15. My journey in the process of applying for a job in the US had helped me become aware of the scope and limitations. That is why I was so lucky that if ever God will allow me to fly and teach there, I should make the most of my time, money and energy.And never forget my purpose.

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  16. I have first read the terms and conditions before applying as USA teacher under JI Visa. I am really aware of my rights ,limitations and responsiblities. There will be no problem when my teaching abroad contract expires in United States of America. With pride, honor and dignity to be back in the Philippines to share my teaching experiences abroad. To be back in my hometown ,this time as a retired teacher, it will be the happiest moment in my life as I will be with my husband , grown up kids, grand sons and grand daughters ,brothers ,sisters ,parents ,friends and other relatives .Missions accomplished!

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  17. I set my mind that if given the opportunity to work in the US, maximum stay will be 5 years. But why to fear if you did all your best to save for the future of the family? Right? I will definitely not fear it for I know my family is waiting for me to come back home.

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  18. First and foremost, we are already knew or aware from the start about the rights, policies and others about J1 Visa program with the help from you (Teach-USA). Therefore, there`s nothing to fear on going back home after 5 years in the US. Share your experiences and learnings to our countrymen as well. It`s okay to spend money in a positive way like giving yourself a reward for the hardwork you`ve done on the day BUT always with limit. We should know to budget our salary and identify the needs than wants.

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  19. Before I’ve decided to apply for the J1 visa program, I am already aware of the it’s policies and regulations, especially in the two-year home policy. Just like other aspiring participants, my main reason for applying is to be debt-free and for greener pastures. I am not afraid of going home since I am directed with my plans ( financial plans). And I am certain that with God’s enlightenment he will guide me to fulfill my plans.

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  20. We are so overwhelmed of the offer and as a result, we forget to set our priorities. We mismanage our earning and miscalculate dollars. Ignoring the fact that the cost if living in the US is so high. And in the end we realize everything that we wasted. 3 to 5 years is not too long.

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  21. Before joining the program, it has been clear to me that J1 Visa program is good for 3-5 years only and you need to re-apply again after the 2 year home requirement. During the 3-5 years, it will be such a fantastic opportunity to share our culture, to apply what we’ve learned here in the Philippines, and such. You can save tons of dollars if you just know how to budget and keep in mind that having that kind of salary isn’t forever. Let us keep in mind that teaching in the US has limitation for the J1 Visa holder, so whilst you have the opportunity to teach in the US make the best out of it by teaching passionately, save money, have fun, and don’t forget to thank God.

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  22. I am always thankful to God for I know to live a life of contentment. I'm proud to say that I'm still using the second hand iPhone 6s that I bought in a very cheap price last 2018 after my 1st smartphone gave up on working. I think the fear of going back to the Philippines is because of the pride that Filipinos have in their life. For Filipinos who are working abroad, some of them put themselves on the pedestal as so as their family. They enjoy their comfort so much to the extent that they forget that they had to go back to the country. These people think they are high enough compared to the Filipino teachers left in the country. They thought their experiences are 100x higher than our local teachers. If you don't want to look back where are you from, indeed, going back is a troublesome for you. But if you are looking forward to share everything that you've got, then, 5 years is just way too long for you. Always remember that you won't reach your destination if you don't know how to look back to where you are from. When it comes to financial aspect, don't spend money impulsively when you got a short break. Some people do these because they just wanted to show off the perks of being in the USA. They just wanted to brag everything in the social media. If you do this, you are assuming that you are already at the top and it would be embarrassing to go back to your original life. Let's not forget the reasons why we decided to go to the USA. Let's learn how to be satisfied and be contented on what God has provided us. We shouldn't live our life beyond our means.

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  23. Joining the program means that you put yourself in an agreement that is bound with rules and regulations. You have to prepare yourself for all the possibilities that you might encounter. In my opinion, 5 years in the US is a great year for us to grow and learn. It's a great opportunity for us to improve ourselves and contribute what we have. Whatever God gave us we should be grateful and content. God knows what's best for us so if it's time to go home, always look at the brighter side of life and you will see what God has in store for you. Use what you've gained to share with others whether your knowledge or experiences, be a blessing to others.

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  24. I don't have fear or doubts to go home. In fact, I am looking forward to june 2023 where I can go home. Everyday, I keep looking and browsing cheapoair because I plan to book my ticket early. The experience are worth it. I am so excited to see the property I was able to buy from my years of saving up. I am debt free and able to finish a lot of projects which I would not be able to do If I didn't come here to teach. Thanks to you Ms. Gemma Hilotin...

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  25. You should always be prepared in every move that you make. Application of J1 visa has its reason, and just a mx of 5 years stay in the US. So be mindful of that. Extension is just a bonus. Because of this, it is just right to have in mind that you will be staying and working for max of 5 yrs only. Thus, pay all due, and save as much. Focus on your goal always.

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  26. The J1 Visa Program is not a permanent placement opportunity, it has an expiry, and I believe that those who availed or will avail of this program well-made aware of the provisions of this program. In such case, let us make use of this opportunity at the greatest advantage- plan ahead, resist impulse, save up, learn a lot, and keep your eye on the prize There is no point playing the blame game just because we were so obsessed with fleeting comforts, and forgetting why we are working in the US in the first place.

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  27. I take the challenge. I need to be wise of spending my salary. I will focus and embrace my Big WHY. I am not afraid of going home since I am aware of this program and I do believe that If I will do my best, God will do the rest.

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  28. Always remember that having experienced teaching in the US is a dream of other teachers who are still in the Philippines or in other countries. Just be happy that you have achieved such a wonderful experience. Not everybody gets to experience teaching in the USA.

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  29. As a Boholano, We always looked forward in going home to our beloved place " BOHOL" especially during the month of MAY( Fiesta Season of Bohol). But anyways, the phrase that caught my attention upon reading the article is "As always, correct budgeting, goal planning, and living within your means would save you from all the fears " . I think I will engrave this phrase into my mind and heart as I travel and work in the US. That I will not forget the very reason to apply teaching in the US. The reason for having an opportunity to earn more and pay my loans. And definitely save something for realizing my dream.

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