InterExchange Career Training USA is a designated sponsor of two J-1 Visa categories: Intern and Trainee. Please review our intern and trainee requirement pages to determine which program is appropriate before completing your application.
|Eligibility||Currently enrolled in a foreign ministerially recognized degree- or professional certificate-granting post-secondary (above high school) academic institution outside the U.S. OR Have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months before program start date||A degree or professional certificate from a foreign ministerially recognized post-secondary academic institution and at least one year* of related full-time, professional experience acquired outside the U.S. OR Five years* of related full-time, professional experience acquired outside the U.S.|
|Duration||Up to 12 months||Up to 18 months**|
|Program Focus||Internship must be directly related to academic field of study||Training program must be directly related to occupational field|
|Repeat Participation||Yes, if still a student or recent graduate (current students must return to school for at least one term before reapplying for the Intern visa)||Yes, but must wait at least 2 years after the end of a previous J-1 Intern or Trainee program. (This applies to all participants and is not related to Rule 212(e).)|
*If your program eligibility is based on years of experience, your Employment Verification letters must be from former employers who can fully document your length of employment. Please also note that U.S. work experience cannot be considered for program eligibility, per federal regulations.
**Hospitality & Tourism training programs cannot exceed 12 months.
Additional Program Requirements
InterExchange cannot sponsor training programs in medicine, teaching, social work, or manual labor.
Similarly, if you recently spent a significant amount of time in the U.S., you may not be eligible to apply at this time. Contact InterExchange to discuss your circumstances before applying.
If you are already in the USA on an InterExchange Career Training USA program, you may be eligible to extend your program. Please review our information on Extending Your J-1 Visa for additional details.
Once you've determined that you, your employer, and your proposed internship/training program meet our eligibility criteria, you are ready to apply for J-1 Visa sponsorship. You will need to complete the online application, attach any required documents, and pay the full program fee before Career Training USA will be able to review your application.
Begin by inviting your host employer to the application so that they can complete their portion of the application. Simply click the Invite Host Employer button on the right side of your dashboard and enter your host company name, your supervisor’s name, and their email address. Please note that your supervisor must use their company email address, not a personal address.
Please complete each section listed on your dashboard. Once you answer all the questions in a section and click Save, you will see a Complete to the right of the section name in your dashboard.
Upload the three documents listed in the Documents section of your application, plus any additional required documents. All applicants will be required to upload at least one additional document, which will vary depending on the applicant’s situation. For a complete list of which documents are required and what must be included in each document, please refer to our Required Documents page. All documents must be in English or translated into English by an official English translator. All translations must be accompanied by the original documents.
Your Host Employer will also be required to upload some documents and complete all sections of the host employer application before your application can be considered complete. At a minimum, your employer must upload a copy of their workers compensation insurance certificate or proof of their exemption from maintaining a workers compensation insurance policy. They will also need to create a training plan, the DS-7002, within the online application that both your employer and you will need to digitally sign before you can submit your application. Your Host Employer may contact InterExchange Career Training USA with any questions regarding the application. You can track your Host Employer’s progress and review your training plan by clicking on the View Training Plan button on the right side of your application dashboard.
Our review time is approximately 10 days once we receive both a complete application and full payment. We cannot review your application until all documents and payment have been submitted. If your employer requires a site visit, the review process may take longer. See the Host Employer Requirements for more information about site visits. Three business-day expedited review is available for an additional fee.
We do not make any promise or guarantee that visa sponsorship will be granted or that you will receive a visa from the embassy or consulate. It is highly recommended that you do not purchase nonrefundable airfare prior to visa issuance.