You could qualify for J1 visa in the United States if:
1. You are currently enrolled at a degree or certificate granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States, in your occupational field
2. You have graduated from such an institution in your occupational field no more than 12 months prior to the start date of your program in the United States
3. You have five years of work experience outside the United States in your occupational field.
A post-secondary institute in general terms:
This is an accredited, academic institute offering admission for degrees or certificates only to students who have completed secondary school. If they offer the certificate or degree to students who have not completed secondary school then the institute is not post-secondary.
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