J1 and H1B visa

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Disclaimer: This document was written in January 2020, motivated by inquries from postdoc candidates of my group. The contents are based on my personal experience, and should not be viewed as a source of legal advice! If you find some contents obsolete or incorrect please do point it out to me and I’ll make modifications to not mislead future readers.

International postdocs may work in the US with either J1 the exchange scholars visa or H1B the foreign workers visa. From my personal experience, J1 visa may be a better option, especially for those who have never worked in the US before the upcoming postdoc appointment. Here I explain why:

There are two practical drawbacks with J1 (although neither of them actually bothered me):

Here are some additional information on J1 vs H1B, from National Postdoc Association.