IER is an U.S. Department of State officially designated J1 sponsor. The J1 Teacher Program helps to place qualified Exchange Visitors to teach full-time in primary and secondary accredited educational institutions. If you meet the requirements below and are ready to make a difference to your life and others APPLY now.

  • Meet the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in the country of nationality or last legal residence;
  • Be working as a teacher in the home country or country of legal residence at the time of application, or, if not working as a teacher, otherwise meet the eligibility qualifications and (a) have recently (within 12 months of application) completed an advanced degree and (b) have two years of full-time teaching experience within the past eight years;
  • Have a degree-equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree in either education or the academic subject field in which you intend to teach;
  • Have a minimum of two years (24 months) of teaching or related professional experience;
  • Satisfy the standards of the U.S. state in which you will teach;
  • Be of good reputation and character;
  • Be seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of full-time teaching as a teacher of record at a primary (including pre-kindergarten) or secondary accredited educational institution in the United States (pre-kindergarten teachers must teach full-time, and at the pre-kindergarten level, may teach only language immersion at an accredited host school);
  • Proficient in the English language.

Am I prequalified for the program? Submit Prerequisite Questionnaire and a detail resume/CV and IER application to for an initial screening.

If you are sure that you meet the qualification, be sure to send all documents listed on the checklist for a full consideration.

Test Requirement Q/A

Submit COMPLETED documents to 

If you meet the above requirement, you will be notified and scheduled for a SKYPE interview for English proficiency test. Once selected into the program, an interview with host school’s representatives will be arranged if placement service is requested.

J Visa Health Insurance Requirements

Based on the Federal law [22CFR 62.14] requirements that all Exchange Visitors (as well as their accompanying spouses and dependents) have insurance in effect that covers them for sickness or accidents during the time of their participation in the Exchange Visitor Program. You can choose to buy your own insurance policy or purchase through IER’s partner agency.

IER provides the insurance coverage that meets and exceeds the requirement set below

  1. Medical benefits of $100,000 per accident or illness
  2. A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.
  3. Medical evacuation in the amount of $50,000
  4. Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000

Once you are selected by the host school, IER will process your visa and assist with your license application if required. Under J-1 Teacher Program, you are allowed to work maximum of three years.

Frequent Ask Questions

Pre-Arrival Guide

General Summary of Fees and Expenses

J Visa Health Insurance Requirements