H1 vs J1 visa residency

h1 vs j1 visa residency
H1 vs J1 visa residency | Commission on Filipinos Overseas

H1 vs J1 visa residency


  • Visa that allows U.S employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.
  • Contracts are reviewed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).
  • Qualified for the benefits provided by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
  • May change their status to permanent resident in the US without the need to return to the Philippines.


  • Non-immigrant visa issued to exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange.
  • Contracts were not reviewed and may not meet the minimum requirements set forth by the Philippine government.
  • Not qualified for OWWA’s benefits since they are not considered as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
  • There is a requirement to return to the Philippines after the program. An offer of employment is not included as a reason for waiving this requirement.

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