International students in J-1 visa status are Exchange Visitors participating in the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program. The Exchange Visitor Program is carried out pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended. Its purpose is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. All exchanges visitors are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their program in order to share their exchange experiences with people in their home country.Exchange Visitor regulations are set forth at 22 Code of Federal Register (CFR) Part 62. The regulations implement the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended, Public Law 87-256, 22 U.S.C. 2451, et seq. (1988). International students in J-1 visa status have several important responsibilities and benefits related to their immigration status described in the links to the left. If you have questions about any of the information, please come by ISSS during advising hours to speak with an advisor.