Teacher Application

The Exchange Visitor Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries via educational and cultural exchanges. The Exchange Visitor Program is for people-to-people programs, which seek to develop and strengthen professional and personal ties between key foreign nationals and Americans and American institutions.

There are 14 categories of the J-1 Visa, and “teacher” is one of them. This cultural exchange visa is used to allow foreign teachers with at least two years of experience to teach in an accredited primary or secondary school in the United States for up to 36 months. Exchange teachers sharpen their professional skills and participate in cross-cultural activities in schools and communities, and they return to their home school after the exchange to share their experiences and increased knowledge of the United States and the U.S. educational system.

To be considered for participation in the program, please fill out the application below with biographical information as it appears in your passport. If you meet the qualifications, one of our team members will contact you.

Please enter your first name (given name) exactly as it appears on your passport.
Please enter your middle name exactly as it appears on your passport.
Please enter your last name (family name) exactly as it appears on your passport.
Phone *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Current Address *
Current Address
Passport Copy upload
Please upload a photo of the first and last pages of your passport.
I am NOT a U.S. citizen *
Participants cannot be citizens of the United States.
I am fluent in English *
Participants must be fluent in English.
I have at least two years (24 months) of full-time documented classroom teaching or related professional experience at K-12 schools outside of the U.S. *
I am currently working as a teacher in my home country or country of legal residence *
Experience Certificates upload
Please upload documentation verifying that you have had the relevant required teaching experience to be eligible for the J-1 teacher exchange visa.
I have a degree-equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree in education *
Date Started *
Date Started
Date Completed *
Date Completed
Date Started
Date Started
Date Completed/To Be Completed
Date Completed/To Be Completed
I have additional degrees *
Our team will reach out to you to collect information about additional degrees that you have.
I have have US state certification eligibility (NACES Credential Report) *
US State Certification Eligibility upload
Please upload your US State Certification Eligibility (credential report) from a NACES-approved agency
I am seeking to come to the U.S. for the purpose of teaching full-time and sharing their culture in an accredited primary or secondary school *
I have a formal written offer from a U.S. primary or secondary school where I will teach *
Offer Letter upload
Please upload your formal written offer letter from a U.S. primary or secondary school if you have one.
I do NOT have an offer letter from a host school in the United States and am interested in being included on the Clear Horizons portal. I understand that being listed on the portal requires a one-time fee of $50. *
If you are interested in being listed on the portal, our team will be in touch with you to collect the required information.
I have not had any criminal or legal action taken against me. *
Police Verification upload
Please upload a verification from your local police department confirming that you are a citizen in good standing within your community.
Have you previously taught in the U.S.? *
I have answered the questions in this application truthfully to the best of my ability and knowledge. *
I understand the requirements of the J-1 teacher exchange visitor program and understand that I will need to provide supporting documentation to Clear Horizons to confirm I meet the qualifications. *