What is the CHF Teacher Exchange Program?
Cordell Hull Foundation (CHF) is authorized by the U.S. Department of
State to sponsor exchange visitor J-1 visa applications from foreign
national teachers for U. S. private and public elementary and secondary
schools. If the teacher and school programs meet our requirements, CHF
will consider establishing an exchange visitor program with the
cooperation of the principal and/or school district. An individual
teacher may not apply to our program unless CHF has first set up an
exchange program with the school or school district, which must cover
CHF sponsorship costs. Back to Top
What are the requirements for teacher acceptance
into the CHF Exchange Visitor Program?
eligible to participate in this program, foreign nationals must (1) meet
the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in their
country of nationality or last legal residence, (2) have a minimum of
three years of teaching or related professional experience, and (3)
satisfy the standards of the US state in which they will teach.
(4) Applicants must
be proficient in the English language.
candidates must also be of good reputation and character, and seek to
enter the United States to (6) teach full time.
The school, district
or state must set up a CHF J-1 visa teacher exchange program if there is
not already an existing one. Schools must be primary or secondary
accredited educational institutions in the United States. School
exemption from certification does not apply in this case. The school,
district or state must cover CHF sponsorship costs.
Back to Top
How do I
apply for the CHF Teacher Exchange Program?
school, district or state already has met the requirements and set up a
J-1 exchange teacher visitor program with the Cordell Hull Foundation
all questions on the 3-page Cordell Hull Foundation application, insert
a scanned passport photo and copy of teaching certification or highest
university degree from your home country. Click
to upload the
CHF Teacher Application Form. If a pop-up window appears, click on
Cancel or press ESC on your keyboard. Save the file on your computer
with your "lastname_CHFapp." Write us a cover note in the body of your
email (in English, French, or Spanish) and attach the completed form
after inserting a digital photo. If you are not successful in inserting
your photo, send it to:
Back to Top
is difficult and time-consuming for you to complete the application in
English, you may write in French and Spanish. The majority of CHF
programs are French and Spanish language-immersion schools that do not
require the degree of fluency in English needed to teach in English.
These schools are staffed with bilingual professionals. For all other
languages, you must complete the CHF teacher application in English. Back to Top
How may I contact the Cordell Hull Foundation to apply or to ask
1. First read this page to learn about how the J-1 exchange visa
program works. Be aware that CHF is not an employment agency and does
not work with teachers independently. An exchange program must be
officially set up via written agreement with the school or district.
With all new programs starting January 2007, the school or district must
cover the expense of J-1 program sponsorship through the Cordell Hull
Foundation, not individual teachers.
2. Secondly, fill in our Teacher Exchange application:
3. You may complete the application in English, French or Spanish if
4. Read, sign and complete the Memorandum of Understanding. Either
mail it to our address below or fax to: 646-349-3455.
5. In your covernote to
firstname.lastname@example.org, describe why you are applying and sending the
6. General questions from teachers submitting unsolicited applications
are answered only after teachers first complete the CHF Teacher
7. If you have been already received a tentative job offer pending
acceptance into the CHF Exchange Visitor Program, and the school or
district has already set up an exchange program through written
agreement with the Cordell Hull Foundation, you may write or call to ask
questions about the process. Back to Top
May I request placement in a particular state or
region of the U.S.?
CHF is not a personnel placement firm. We do not charge recruitment
fees. Some J-1 visa-designated exchange organizations that operate
for-profit do actively recruit and represent individual teachers. CHF
works with school, school-district, and state administration. Teachers
may find job opportunities by attending international job fairs in the
country or origin or researching teacher personnel search firms on tFf you wish to target a certain city or region, and obtain a
teaching job offer, CHF will then consider setting up a teacher exchange
program with the school or district if it is near an existing one in
that state or in a large city there is an established exchange teacher
program. In that event, please have the school or district contact us
directly. We do not allow individual teachers to cover the costs of CHF
exchange teacher sponsorship.
requirements below. Back to Top
Where can I find out about other
Perspectives for commentary from outstanding CHF J-1 exchange
teacher visitors describing their experiences in the U.S. under our
sponsorship, in English, French and Spanish.
Back to Top
What costs do teachers incur after being
accepted into the Teacher Exchange Program?
teachers pay airfare and usually cover consular processing fees at the
American Embassy abroad to obtain the J-1 visa passport stamp.
The two fees are:
- (1) $131
Embassy entrance fee paid in advance at a bank or post office in the
home country. Note: This fee was raised on January 2008.
(2) Additional $100 "SEVIS" fee paid to the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security on the Internet or through 800 no. Click here for
Form I_901 instructions:
- Note: During a
possible 3-year J-1 exchange visa term, only pay the SEVIS fee once.
J-2 dependents of the teacher do NOT pay the SEVIS fee of $100.
In some countries,
such as France, teachers may incur a telephone fee of approximately
$25 to make the visa appointment. You may be asked to purchase a
pre-paid courier envelope (~$20) to mail the passport back after
Other countries, such as India, tack on additional small fees. Be
sure to read the instructions on the website of the specific American
Embassy where you plan to apply. Back to Top
What is the process to get a J-1
Visa stamp in my passport?
Cordell Hull Foundation provides the necessary documents and
instructions for the exchange teacher candidate including a properly
executed DS-2019 form. The teacher submits the application package to
the nearest U.S. Embassy in the country of origin for approval of J-1
Visa status. The American Embassy charges two $100 fees - a total of
$200 - to process the visa. Each fee is paid separately. See
costs do teachers incur after being accepted into the Teacher Exchange
Program? Back to Top
must make an appointment for an interview with a consular officer. J-1
visa stamps cannot be obtained anywhere in the United States, nor can
you renew your J-1 visa inside the United States. Cordell Hull
Foundation staff will consult with you for more detailed information and
advice regarding changing visa procedures and policy in specific
countries. Since the J-1 is a non-immigrant visa, the burden of proving
"non-intention to immigrate" falls upon the teacher applicant. In
countries where the preponderance of non-immigrant visa applicants do
not return to their home countries, that burden of proof is heavier.
Canadians are currently exempted from going to the American Embassy for
J-1 visa stamps but will lose that privilege in two years. Most
European and Anglophone countries require only basic visa support
documents from CHF and the standard Embassy application forms. Consular
Office (visa) procedures and policies change frequently and without
notice. If you are accepted into our program, CHF will consult with you
on an individual basis, offering tips on how to navigate the
ever-increasingly complicated visa process. Back to Top
What forms do I fill out to take to the American
Consular office to get my J-1 visa passport stamp?
Each applicant must complete Form DS-156. Please use the following
interactive electronic link to complete it:
All applicants must complete form
Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant:
Men aged 16-45 must
also fill out the DS-157 form. Both of these forms may be found in
Acrobat Reader fill-in versions at the following links:
"Fill-in" forms you can download on your computer in pdf format, click
in the blanks and complete the blanks on computer, then print and sign
the forms. You can sometimes save the form on your computer, depending
upon what programs are loaded on the hard drive.
You will need receipts for advance payment of the two visa fees to the
American Consulate and SEVIS. Check the website of the American Embassy
in your home country to download these documents. CHF includes a letter
of instruction when forwarding the necessary backup paperwork to
exchange teachers who are accepted into the program. Read the specific
procedure on the website and follow the instructions. Additional
documents may be requested for non-immigrant visas in certain countries.
Back to Top
Are family members allowed to accompany me to the U.S.?
Some countries approve "derivative" J-2 visas for immediate family
members of the teacher. If the J-2 visa holder is in correct status,
s/he may apply for a work permit (EAD) after arriving in the U.S. and
applying for a social security number. Form I-765 may be downloaded,
fee paid by credit card and emailed directly to the Internal Revenue
CHF does not guarantee visas for dependent relatives nor work permits.
When requesting a work permit, the dependent must explain why the income
is not needed to support the family, only for the dependent's
enhancement or to improve the family's overall standard of living. The
maximum number of dependents usually allowed is three: spouse and 2
children or 3 children. If an exchange visitor is requesting four or
more dependents, special procedures apply. The EV is not allowed four
dependents during the first year.
Back to Top
What is the purpose of the Teacher Exchange Program?
The purpose of the
Exchange Visitor Program, established by the Fulbright-Hayes Act of
1961, is to foster improvement of understanding between cultures through
international exchange. During the exchange tenure, teachers are
expected to broaden student understanding of their native cultures and
languages, and, in turn, acquire first-hand knowledge of the
American way of life.
After spending 1-3 years in the U.S., the teacher returns to the home
country with improved English skills to share first-hand knowledge of
American culture. Back to Top
What is a J-1 visa?
"J-1" is the non-immigrant visa category allowing The Cordell Hull
Foundation to bring exchange teacher visitors to work in the United
States on a temporary basis of one year, renewable each year up to three
years. The J-1 visa regulations strictly limit length of stay to three
years maximum for teachers. Although the Research Scholar category of
the J-1 visa was lengthened to five years in 2004, the Teacher category
limit remains at three years. Back to Top
What is a J-1 sponsor?
The Cordell Hull Foundation is a J-1 sponsor granted authority by the
U.S. Department of State to administer individual Exchange Teacher
Visitor programs. The Foundation must ensure that the teacher candidate
meets the requirements. As part of its responsibilities, the J-1 sponsor
provides the exchange teacher visitor with pre-arrival information,
immigration instructions, orientation and monitors the activities of the
program participant. Back to Top
What is a DS-2019 form?
The DS-2019 form is a document issued by the Responsible Officer of CHF
to the exchange teacher, describing the period and terms of the proposed
visit. This form is a prerequisite for obtaining the J-1 visa passport
stamp at a U.S. Consulate abroad, preferably in the home country.
Back to Top
What are CHF's
requirements for schools?
Schools must pay CHF's administrative fee to sponsor your exchange visit
from 1-3 years on a J-1 teacher visa. If a school's policy is to stay
independent of the visa process, requiring teachers to have visas before
they consider hiring you, and/or if the teacher's positive exchange
experience in the U.S. is not a priority, the school or district would
not qualify for J-1 visa sponsorship by CHF. CHF's policy is to work
directly with schools, not through third-party representation, nor with
a teacher independently. Third parties are most welcome to contact us
and refer CHF to schools in order to discuss setting up a teacher
must be state-certified to qualify.
Back to Top
How can our school establish a J-1 Exchange
First read this FAQ section to get answers to your questions. Then fill
out the New Program Application form which you can access from the home
page of this website.
Back to Top
You may contact
the Cordell Hull Foundation to discuss what positions need to be filled
by email: email@example.com or
telephone. We can offer candidates from our database or work with
applicants in whom you are interested. A contract can include setting
up customized recruiting arrangements in specific countries using CHF
multilingual staff and/or selection committees in the foreign country.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, CHF is not a personnel agency and
do not seek jobs for individual teachers. We do not charge a percentage
for teacher placement. A monitoring visit is generally arranged at the
school or district office to meet the staff and/or exchange teacher(s)
sponsored by CHF, preferably in advance of setting up the exchange
Participating schools must be certified as educational institutions at
the elementary and/or secondary level. Day-care facilities are not
eligible for exchange visitor programs. Uncertified schools that are
exempt from state certification are ineligible for acceptance.
Back to Top
All new teachers in J-1
status are required to attend a Cordell Hull Foundation orientation,
presented in midtown Manhattan, New York City, in August, and in Los
Angeles and San Francisco in September 2008. These day-long
sessions help prepare new teachers to understand and adjust to American
culture and thus make the most of their exchange experiences while in
the U.S., and also in enhancing their teaching skill.
Back to Top
What are the Health Insurance requirements?
If you wish to obtain
teaching status, you must maintain adequate health insurance throughout
your entire stay in the U.S. Failure to do so may render
the teacher out of status, requiring you to be removed from the exchange
program and return to your home country immediately.
See below for required minimum guidelines. Back to Top
FOR J-1 AND J-2 EXCHANGE VISITORS (EVs)
Pursuant to 22 CFR Part 62.14, adequate Health Insurance coverage is
mandatory for EVs and their dependents for the duration of the program.
Specific minimum coverage provisions for your health insurance policy while in
the US must include:
medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness;
repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500;
expenses associated with medical evacuation of the
exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000; and
deductible not to exceed $500.
insurance must be maintained throughout your entire Exchange Visitor
maintain the above health insurance minimums will render the EV out of status
and constitutes grounds for removal from the program.
For additional information on purchasing comprehensive J-1 and J-2 health
insurance, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Health Insurance Providers
list of additional health insurance providers may be found at: http://www.eseries.nafsa.org/scriptcontent/YP_auto/c12.cfm