Is my company eligible?
It may be if you are able to do the following:
- Abide by all federal, state and local labor and occupational health and safety laws, including compensation requirements and regulations.
- Provide proof of a workers’ compensation policy or equivalent insurance that covers J-1 participants (or proof of exemption), a Federal Identification Number and either a DUNS number or copy of business registration.
- Provide a professional work environment, offering no more than 20% clerical or basic work to participants in an office-type setting (home-based businesses are not permitted). For adequate training and supervision, there must also be at least five full-time, onsite employers per J-1 intern or trainee.
- Be in business and operational for at least six months and have an English-language website and company-branded email addresses.
- Interview candidates via phone, webcam, or in person, consent to a site visit by InterExchange (for a one-time $250 fee) prior to program approval, if required, agree to complete mandatory program evaluations, and agree to notify InterExchange in case of an emergency or any changes to the training plan or supervision.
What training can I offer?
J-1 internships and training programs are intended to provide work-based training in an eligible field, enabling candidates to enhance their skills and prepare for their future careers. These programs may NOT be used for ordinary employment purposes. Therefore, host employers must:
- Provide full-time (32-45 hrs per week), professional-level training and not displace full- or part-time, temporary, or permanent American workers. This training may not require any sort of license or certification or commission-based work.
- By completing the DS-7002 training plan, develop an internship program that allows candidates to obtain skills, knowledge, and competencies through structured and guided training provided by. employees who are qualified in the candidates’ fields.
- Ensure Interns and Trainees have sufficient opportunity to be exposed to U.S. culture and business practices and that your American staff is exposed to the culture and business practices of each candidate’s home country.
- Not attempt to extend an offer of employment or change the visa status of your Interns or Trainees, as it is required that they return home after completing the program.
Please review our list of prohibited training as well.
And if you are offering a program in the hospitality industry, be sure to review our hospitality requirements.