J1 Visa or H1B Visa?

Which Is Better J1 or H1b 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.

J1 visa runs for three years with possible two years extension. You will have to go home for a two-year home requirement if your 212e rule is not waived.



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

It is a dual intent visa and provides for an opportunity to apply for permanent residency.

Teachers who want to teach in the US can choose to take the  J1 or H1B route.


Which is better?

TIME WISE -

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.


DEPENDENT VISA AND OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WISE -

With the J1 visa, all J2 dependents can work if they apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Learn more: https://j1visa.state.gov/basics/j2-visa/



AGENCY FEES WISE - 

With the J1 visa process, you have three options:

1) go direct 
2) apply with local recruitment agencies with partners in the US
3) join US registered agencies like Teach-USA



Teach-USA J-1 service fee can be found here: For Filipino Applicants -  - https://www.pinoyteacherstories.com/2022/05/teach-usa-service-plan-fee.html



With the H-1B process, you have three options:

1) go direct
2) apply with local registered recruitment agencies

or be radically different and join the Teach-USA H-1B Possibility Program


To join the program, use this link: https://www.teach-usa.net/the-h-1b-possibility-program 

Teach-USA H-1B service fee can be found here: https://www.pinoyteacherstories.com/2022/06/h-1b-service-fee.html


GUARANTEES WISE - 

With both visas, there are no guarantees.

There is no guarantee that you will be offered a job.

For a J1 visa sponsor to approve your sponsorship, all requirements from all parties (host school and applicant) have to be met. Sometimes, there is no guarantee that visa forms are still available, depending on timing.

There is no guarantee that the school district will offer you an H1B visa (since they will have to shoulder all legal and filing fees for sponsorship, it's costly on their part or they may have changed their directives or rules about sponsorships).

There is no guarantee that the US Embassy will approve your visa for whatever reason.


BUT STICK TO YOUR DREAMS!


If you want to achieve your dream of teaching in the US anyhow or whatever visa it takes, then go for it! 

As they say, do your best, and GOD will do the rest! And if it's meant to be, it will be!


WE CAN HELP!

Whatever you choose, Teach-USA can help! 


Please read the initial requirements. You do not have to submit any of the requirements yet, simply check if you will be able to provide all the documents when we ask for it - https://www.teach-usa.net/initial-requirements


Please feel free to read the questions and answers page before deciding to join Teach-USA: https://www.teach-usa.net/questions-answers.


Are you ready to join us?


To join the J1 visa option, go to https://www.teach-usa.net and follow the instructions found at the How-to-Apply page.


To join the H1b possibility program, go to https://www.teach-usa.net/the-h-1b-possibility-program.


12 comments:

  1. Can a diploma in education holder apply for H1B?

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  2. Does this program offer opportunity for Accounting/Finance Teacher's?

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    1. The program is for K-12 setting. I see no Accounting subjects in the K-12 program. But are you an Education graduate? Please send your resume to apply@teach-usa.net so I can check.

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  3. Is it okay to apply without masters degree?

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    1. yes, but those with MA usually gets $10,000 more in annual salary

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  4. I have 33 MA education units but I did not finish it. Currently on my 12th year of teaching. My bachelor degree is not education. Is it possible to apply?

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    1. this may help - https://www.pinoyteacherstories.com/2022/07/teach-usa-q.html

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  5. hi ma'am, I would like to ask if early childhood is in demand in the US. And will I qualify. Although I am licensed elementary school teacher in the Philippines,my teaching experiences for more than 10 years are and my masters degree are for early childhood teaching. I was teaching in Singapore for 8 years and 3 years and counting here in New Zealand..

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    1. The J1 visa caters to K-12 setting, so you can apply as Kinder teacher. There is a home requirements - check this out https://www.teach-usa.net/initial-requirements. H1b may be your best option.

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  6. Hi! I would like to ask if you are still accepting an application? Where can I send my CV? I'm an elementary teacher. I have 7 years teaching experience. Thank you.

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    1. yes, please start here - https://www.pinoyteacherstories.com/2022/01/which-is-better-h1b-or-j1-visa.html

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