Which is Better? H1B or J1 Visa?


H1B and J1 visas are both non-immigrant visas.

The J1 visa is under the US Department of State. Max duration is five years. You go home for the two-year home requirement before you can reapply.

The max duration of the H1B visa is six years under USCIS. You are not required to go home to apply for permanent residency if filed within the period of your visa.

Which is better?

The J1 visa route would be better if you want a more straightforward process. But if you want the possibility of permanently staying in the US, H1B visa it is.

With the availability of sponsors for the J1 visa, you can fly to the US in 2-3 months. In contrast, the H1B visa is more lengthy, competitive, and challenging to reach. But, possible.

If you are willing to wait, then H1B is way better.
If you are in a rush, J1 visa it is.

Salary and benefits wise, the J1 or H1B visa holder would have the same based on their credentials and experience.

Agency fees-wise, with the J1 visa process, some J1 visa sponsors charge the school districts directly, so teachers do not have to pay the filing fees. Different sponsors charge each year differently throughout the visa duration. 

Third-party agents of accredited J1 visa sponsors can also help you with the process. Beware some third-party agents can charge as much as $15,000 for agency fees. Be sure to read the fine lines and read your contract before signing any documents.

The H1b visa process is more expensive (agencies charge more than the costs of the J1 visa process) unless you can go direct (find your employer-sponsor), which is also a possibility. 

If you would achieve your dream of teaching in the US anyhow or whatever visa it takes, then being money smart is the way to go (yes, do the math!) lest you feel deceived when reality bites. But, there is also fate and faith.


Question: 

Would you rather wait (even if long) with the H1B visa opportunity or grab the available J1 visa ticket to your US dream now?

Please comment down below.


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