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I'm European, not under the "two years residency" requirement and am currently doing an internship for one year under a J-1 visa.

Is it possible to cancel it to start another internship elsewhere before the first one expires?

For instance, starting a J-1 short-term scholar in another company before the first visa expires?

Otherwise, from what I understand there is a three month delay between two J-1 visas. Let's say I've got six months left with my current visa.

Is it possible to cancel my current J-1, return to my country for three months and get a new J-1?

Is there any other option than the J-1 visa for a short term internship?

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  • Are they under the same category and which category do you currently belong to, Student Intern? – user 56513 Feb 18 '17 at 19:31
  • I'm under J1-Student Intern yes. And the other J1 would probably be the same (or maybe J-1 Short-Term Scholar if J1-Student intern is not possible) – Conchylicultor Feb 18 '17 at 19:40
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Is it possible to cancel it to start another internship elsewhere before the first one expire ? It is called a transfer, it must be under the same category and you still only get the original 12 months without the new internship getting a fresh 12 months.

For instance, starting a J1 short term scholar in another company before the first visa expire? See previous answer

Let's say I've got 6 months left with my current visa. Is it possible to cancel my current J1, go back in my country for three months and get a new J1 ? Yes. You can repeat the J1 program multiple times. There is however a catch. J-1 Intern to J-1 Intern = OK (as long as the internship plan shows that you’ll get different or higher level internship) See

Is there other options than the J1 visa for a short term internship ? NO

  • Thanks for your answer. From what I understand from your answer, cancelling a current J1 visa acts as if I had completed the program. Ex: if my visa expire in September, If I cancel it now and come back in Europe, I could start a new J1 Internship in June. – Conchylicultor Feb 18 '17 at 20:19
  • Do you have any idea why you have been downvoted ? – Conchylicultor Feb 19 '17 at 22:31
  • "Questions about immigration or moving for extended periods of time (studies or employment, among others) are off-topic – user 56513 Feb 19 '17 at 22:58

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