I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with an Associate's degree. I have at least 5 years of cooking experience. I am from Singapore before CIA. I am exploring the options of extending my stay in the US/ NYC longer. Am I wrong to assume that H1B1 is out of the question for me since I do not have a Bachelor's degree? If so, will it be possible to change my status to a J-1 visa? What is the 2-year residency that I keep seeing. Singapore omitted from that?