USA–J-1 Visa (12 months)

The J-1 program matches internationals with American dairy farmers who enjoy teaching about agriculture.

HOSTS REQUIREMENTS
✦ Enjoy teaching someone about modern American agriculture.
✦ Provide exposure to American culture.
✦ Provide proof of general farm liability insurance.
✦ Commit to 12 months with visitor, with honest communication.
✦ Complete an application form, including three references; agree to a farm visit.

VISITOR REQUIREMENTS
✦ Speak English (tested via webcam).
✦ Commit to having one farm for 12 months.
✦ Have no criminal record.
✦ Be a current agriculture student or recent agriculture graduate.
✦ Be between 20 and 30 years of age, in good physical condition.
✦ Send in an application form, three letters of reference and CV. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Application & Screening
✦ Applicants and farms complete applications and documentation. Global Cow reviews and confirms interest and suitability for the program.
✦ Hosts complete a site visit; participants complete web-camera English tests.
✦ Upon acceptance, hosts and international candidates pay initial fees.
✦ Global Cow posts applicants on the website. Farms review and choose a specific applicant.
✦ Global Cow prepares all the sends program confirmation letters to the visitor. Applicants make their visa appointments, keeping Global Cow informed of visa date and visa results.
✦ Visitors book travel to closest airport, where they are met by hosts.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How good must visitor’s English be? Visitors speak English, and pass an oral test by webcam.
When can I start? Any time. Processing time is between 2-4 weeks to find a farm, plus visa approval in-country.
Do visitors have a lot of farm background and educational background in agriculture? Visitors’ backgrounds will vary; most have limited work experience and limited dairy experience. Farms see full visitor application before accepting a specific person.
Where do visitors come from? Mainly South America and Africa.
Where are the host farms located? Most are in the Upper Midwest.
Are all the farms dairy? Most are. On a limited basis, we may be able to assist with other types of agricultural experiences.
What’s the best thing about these programs? Great international experiences!
What’s the worst thing that can go wrong? Bad expectations. This program is for a young person who wants to learn about agriculture... and for a farmer who wants to share his enthusiasm about agriculture.
Can visitors change farms? Changes are not encouraged, and will cost extra.
Is there a certificate? Yes, Global Cow will provide a certificate of completion.