Trainee and Internship Programs on the J-1 Visa
Interswop looks forward to welcoming you to the USA on the J-1 Trainee or J-1 Intern Visa! We want to ensure that your proposed internship or training program satisfies both your and your host organization’s expectations of success.
We work with official U.S. Department of State-designated J-1 Program Sponsors, who are authorized to issue you the DS-2019 Form and DS-7002 Form that are necessary for you to apply for the J-1 Training/Internship Visa. The Team of our US-sponsor partner looks forward to helping you throughout your J-1 Internship or Training Program, from successful start to successful finish.
Our partners J-1 Trainee or Internship Sponsorship includes:
To apply and qualify for a J-1 Visa, you need to:
Host Organization Qualification and Eligibility for the J-1 Internship or Training Program
To become a Host Organization for a J-1 Trainee or Intern, an organization needs to offer:
What is the DS-2019 Form, and How Is It Used?
The DS-2019 Form is the document that allows you to apply for the J-1 Visa as an Intern or Trainee in the USA. The DS-2019 form is also called “Certificate of Eligibility”. It is issued to you by our partner, a US Department of State-designated sponsor organization. The DS-2019 Form our partner issues to you is unique to you, and identifies you in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
The visa sponsor issues the DS-2019 Form only after you apply and are accepted for our partner sponsorship in the J-1 Internship or Trainee Program.
After the visa sponsor approves your application, you will apply for the J-1 Visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy. At the consulate or embassy you will submit the DS-2019 Form together with your other application materials. The DS-2019 form serves to demonstrate to the embassy or consulate that the visa sponsor has vetted and supports your application. The DS-2019 Form makes possible the approval of your J-1 Visa and Internship or Trainee Program.
Note: Only a US consulate or embassy can grant the J-1 visa for your internship or trainee program. J-1 visa sponsors cannot guarantee that a US consulate or embassy will grant any particular applicant the J-1 Visa.
Our partners are designated by the US Department of State to sponsor Trainees and Interns on the J-1 visa in the following categories:
J-1 Internship Fields:
J-1 Training Fields:
J-1 Visa Category Examples:
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing:
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations, Food Science, Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Operations, Food Science and Technology, Livestock Management, Soil Sciences
Arts and Culture:
Design and Applied Arts, Cinematography and Film/Video Production, Commercial Photography, Commercial and Advertising Art, Arts Management, Design and Visual Communications, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General, Fashion/Apparel Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Music Management and Merchandising, Playwriting and Screenwriting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Theatre/Theatre Arts Management, Visual and Performing Arts, etc.
Hospitality and Tourism:
Hospitality Administration/Management, Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations, Hotel/Motel Administration/Management, Tourism Promotion Operations, Tourism and Travel Services Management, Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations, etc.
Public Administration and Law:
Public Relations, Public Policy, Business & Labor Law, Criminal Law, Civil Liberties, Human Rights Law, International Law, Environmental Law, etc.
Information Media and Communications:
Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Communications, Technologies/ Technicians and Support Services, Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Programming, Mass Communications, Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communication, Television/Radio/Print Journalism, Printing & Publishing, etc.
Management, Business, Commerce and Finance:
Accounting, Banking and Financial Support Services, Business Administration, Management/ Operations, Business, Marketing, Customer Service Management, E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce, Finance and Financial Management Services, Human Resources Management, International Business/ Trade/Commerce, Logistics and Materials Management, Information Systems, Operations, Sales, Distribution, and Marketing, Transportation/Transportation Management.
The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations:
Molecular Biology, Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Developmental Biology and Embryology, Environmental Biology, Toxicology, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Oncology and Cancer Biology, Wildlife, Zoology/Animal Biology, Civil /Computer /Environmental Engineering, Landscape / Urban Architecture, Mathematical Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Relations, Computer Engineering Technologies, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies, Robotics, Physical Sciences, Chemical Technologies, etc.
Construction and Building Trades: * (TRAINEES ONLY)
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Building/Construction Site Management/Manager, Building/Property Maintenance and Management, Construction Trades (Other), etc.
The visa sponsors´ J-1 Training/Internship Program Fees
The visa sponsor accepts payment by credit card, wire transfer, or international check or money order. Checks must be drawn against a U.S. bank account or against a U.S. bank affiliate in U.S. Dollars made payable to the visa sponsor.
Self-placed: sponsorship for self-placed internship positions (12 months maximum duration) and trainee positions (18 months maximum duration) in the U.S. on the J-1 Visa. Fees from 895 U.S. Dollars.
J-2 Visa Sponsorship for Dependents: sponsorship for the J-2 Visa for each dependent wishing to enter the U.S. to join a current sponsored J-1 Trainee or J-1 Intern. Fee: 750 U.S. Dollars (200 U.S. Dollars per additional J-2).
J-1 Visa Extension: Extensions of J-1 Internship, J-1 Trainee and J-1 Work & Travel visas (up to a maximum program duration of 12 months for interns, 18 months for trainees, and 4 months for Work and Travel). Starting at US$ 650.
Host Company Transfer: Review of an extension or transfer application for internships, training and work and travel positions on the J-1 Visa Program shall be considered if the required application materials are first received by the visa sponsor at least 30 days prior to the program end date indicated on the training plan, DS2019, DS7002 and/or contracts. US$ 250.
DS-2019 Re-issue: Issuance of a new DS-2019 Form to replace a lost or stolen DS-2019 Form (includes regular first class postage; express mail delivery must be paid separately). Fee: 75 U.S. Dollars.
Site Visit: J-1 visa regulations require the visa sponsor to perform a site visit at each host organization (company) that has fewer than 25 employees or less than $3 million annual revenue. Fee: 250 U.S. Dollars.
The Visa Sponsors´ J-1 Training/Internship Program Refunds
The visa sponsor makes refund payments only to those parties that paid a fee to the visa sponsor directly, unless otherwise agreed upon by the visa sponsor, the payer(s), and the applicant(s). If several parties paid a fee to the visa sponsor directly and a full or partial refund of that payment is due (see below), each party receives a share of the total refund amount that is proportional to the party’s relative contribution to the payment of the given fee. If a refund by wire transfer is requested, the visa sponsor will subtract US$50 of the refund payment to cover expenses incurred through the transaction.
If visa sponsor has received a payment for insurance coverage and the request for insurance is cancelled before the sponsorship is approved, we will refund the entire payment for insurance coverage.
If the visa sponsor has received a payment for insurance coverage and the request for insurance is cancelled after the visa sponsor has approved sponsorship, we will refund whatever portion of the payment is refunded to the visa sponsor by the insurance provider (after the visa sponsor has received that refund). In most cases a full refund is possible for coverage periods that have not begun at the time of cancellation.
If a discount for sponsorship is offered, any refund will be lowered by the amount of the discount.
If the visa sponsor has received full payment for program sponsorship on the J-1 Visa Program or for extended sponsorship on the J-1 Visa Program, we will refund:
** The visa sponsor shall determine the availability of refunds in all cases on an individual basis.
The $250 late fee for extension and transfer applications for sponsorship is non-refundable.
Expedite fees, if applicable, are non-refundable.
If the visa sponsor has not received full payment of the complete program cost (and any applicable late, site visit and/or expedite fee) at the time of the withdrawal or rejection of an application, the full payment (and any applicable late, site visit and/or expedite fee) minus any applicable refund must be paid immediately to the visa sponsor by the applicant.
How to Apply for J-1 Visa Sponsorship
Once you have secured a potential internship or training position at a host organization in the U.S. and you can register online with us and apply for J-1 Visa sponsorship as an Intern or Trainee.
The assigned visa sponsor will provide you and your host organization with a dedicated J-1 Visa Program Coordinator for assistance throughout your entire J-1 Visa application process. If you are accepted to the program and get your visa J-1 Internship/Training program, that same coordinator will stay dedicated to you for the duration of your program.
Follow these Steps to Apply for the J-1 Visa sponsorship:
Your dedicated visa sponsor Coordinator will be your primary contact throughout your application process as well as for your entire J-1 program in the U.S. You should feel free to contact them at any time with any questions or issues that you might have.
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