Schools – HOW TO APPLY

Click here to fill in NEW PROGRAM FORM

Watch our New Program Video in English

or Spanish

or read the SET-UP GUIDE for detailed instructions.

Confirm if a teacher is qualified for a J-1 teacher visa first. See ELIGIBILITY.


To qualify for J-1 teacher visa status, foreign teachers must:
(1) qualify to teach in K-12 schools in country of nationality or last legal residence
(2) have two years’ full-time teaching experience
(3) be fluent in English – able to understand and speak
(5) be of good reputation and character
(6) work as a classroom teacher only full-time 32 hours/wk minimum
(7) have equivalent of 4-YR US university degree in Education or subject
(8) be currently working as a teacher in home country or country of last legal residence
(9) intend to come to the U.S. for the purpose of exchange, not work.

(10) work as a principal, intern, tutor, counselor, coach, librarian, curriculum coordinator, or any staff position other than classroom teacher 32 hours per week
11) have worked in J-1 teacher visa status in the US during the previous 2 years
(12) work in day-care schools (except Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 for language immersion schools)
These federal laws are not flexible.

Health Insurance

For a quick estimate of costs in various US states, click on:

Economic Policy Institute’s
Family Budget Calculator

Or click on this link:

Cost of Living

Payroll Deductions

Tax Withholding

 CHF Blog

Relocation Guide for Schools

For more details, see the Host School Responsibilities page.

CHF Director Marianne Mason’s book J1 VISA UNCLOAKED may be purchased on

HOW TO RENEW J-1 Teacher Visa

Teacher Costs Associated with J-1 Program – CHF

CHF is not a teacher recruitment nor placement agency.

For guidance on how to find a teaching job in the US, see CHF videos  “How to Teach in the US” in English and in Spanish.


Click on Teacher Exchange link for fees.

Cordell Hull Biography

Click here to access his list of accomplishments

Cultural Activities

See examples of activities on the Cultural Activities page.

Teachers – HOW TO APPLY

CHF does not accept applications from individual teachers.

Please ask the school to go to and fill in the New Program Form.

Click on Teacher Exchange for details.

Download CHF Memo