Q-1 Participants in International Cultural Exchange Programs
Persons who want to enter the U.S. as a participant in an international cultural exchange program must first obtain a Q-1 visa. In order to qualify for a Q-1 International Cultural Exchange Visa, the person must:
- Be coming to the U.S. as a participant in an international cultural exchange program approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service;
- For the purpose of providing practical training, employment, and the sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of the country of the alien's nationality;
- Be employed under the same wages and working conditions as domestic workers similarly employed; and
- Maintain a residence in a foreign country with no intention of abandoning.