J1 VISA ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicants must:

  • Meet the qualifications for teaching in their home country or legal residence (J1 visa sponsors will ask for documentation that will prove that you are employed in the Philippines OR have residency in the country where you are currently working to qualify.)

  • Have a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree in Education

  • Have a minimum of 2 years teaching or related professional experience

  • Be of good reputation and character

  • Be working as a teacher in the K-12 setting in the home country or country of legal residence at the time of application

  • 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;

  • Be proficient in English, using the following minimum benchmarks as a guide only (not all school districts require it):

          • TOEFL - 84 overall

          • IELTS - Band 6 or higher

          • PTE Academic - 55 overall

DOCUMENTS TO PREPARE

  • A copy of participant's passport including prior visas to the US + 1 passport size photo (2x2)

  • Two (2) reference letters within the last 12 months

      • One (1) letter from a school administrator on official letterhead, where participant taught full-time that acknowledges that they are willing to take part in a cross-cultural activity (i.e. virtual exchange)

      • One (1) letter from a colleague on letterhead that attests to participant's good reputation and professionalism

  • A copy of degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree

  • Proof of qualification to teach in home country (i.e. licenses/certificates with English translation)

  • Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE)

  • Certificate/s of Employment

  • Copy of College/Graduate School Diploma/s and/or Certificate of Completion

  • Copy of PRC ID (Teacher's License)

  • Original Transcript of Records (1 set) in University official sealed envelopes

  • Certification that you are currently teaching (AND for at least two years) (for J1)

  • Some sponsors ask for a current bank statement that shows at least $1000 - $5000 in emergency funds

  • Resume

  • Medical Clearance (for H-1B)

  • NBI Clearance

  • Police Clearance

  • Letter of Good Moral Character

NOTE:

Teach-USA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or. any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on US visa qualifications and US school district's employment qualifications.