Prior to submitting your first application to our Career Training USA program, it is important that you view the Application Guidelines PowerPoint as well as the Online Application Instructions in the IC Resource Center. These will help clarify how to submit a complete application, ensure all documents meet InterExchange’s specifications, and use the online system with ease. Additionally, the Application Checklist for Cooperators will help ensure that you have checked all information and completed all necessary steps in the application process.
Program applications are managed through our online system through which applicants log in, complete required information, and upload supporting documents. The DS-7002, which employers complete, is built into our online application system and must be electronically signed by each phase supervisor and the applicant before submitting the application to InterExchange. Once an application is approved, the fully executed and final version of the DS-7002 printed on the official Department of State form can be accessed from the participant's or employer’s online application. Under no circumstances should anyone but the employer complete this document.
For the quickest possible review time, please ensure that the uploaded materials meet the criteria described in the Online Application Instructions.
Please note that upon submitting an application to InterExchange, we create and send an invoice. Therefore, the Fee and Refund Schedule goes into effect upon submission.
InterExchange provides all International Cooperators with fees that reflect a discount from the standard rate. Each International Cooperator is permitted to charge additional fees above InterExchange’s discounted fees in order to cover recruitment and administrative costs. The fees that you may charge are those agreed upon in your program agreement with InterExchange Career Training USA. If you wish to make any changes to your fee and/or refund schedule, you must notify InterExchange in writing and obtain confirmation of our acceptance of the proposed change(s) before implementation.
Further, annually updated fee lists must be exchanged between InterExchange and each International Cooperator, as per the federal regulations of the Intern/Trainee program, §62.22(g). Each fall, the program director will let International Cooperators know what the fees will be for the following year, and all cooperators must submit their fee information to InterExchange by the end of the current year in order to maintain a relationship for the following program year.
Applicants pay all fees directly to you, and then you submit the InterExchange portion of the fees to us. Full program fees must accompany each application. We will not begin the application review if any documents or any portion of the payment is missing. ICs who do not process applications and payments in a timely fashion risk a termination of ability to cooperate with InterExchange on our Career Training USA program.
Participants and any of their dependents must be covered by accident & sickness insurance for the entire length of the program. All of our Career Training USA participants are automatically covered by accident & sickness insurance that meets or exceeds the U.S. Department of State’s minimum requirements, as this insurance is included in the program fee. If the participant is bringing a dependent spouse or child, each dependent must purchase insurance, according to the fees indicated on our fee schedule.
Accident & sickness insurance is not comprehensive health insurance. If an applicant has a pre-existing condition that requires regular doctor visits or medication, he or she should ensure that additional health insurance is in place to cover any needs unrelated to an unexpected accident or illness. Some participants may have existing health insurance or be offered health insurance through their host employers, but they must still retain their InterExchange arranged accident & sickness insurance, which includes features such as emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains. No applicant can decline the coverage offered through his or her program fee.
Further, all employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. If a participant is injured on the job, he or she should file a workers’ compensation claim in order to receive the benefits of the employer’s insurance.
Applicants with pre-existing medical conditions or mental health issues should consult their home-country physicians prior to coming to the U.S. to ensure conditions or issues will not worsen if subject to travel-related stress, culture shock, change in diet or climate, etc. Applicants who require continued or extended hospital care and medical treatment while in the U.S. that, in InterExchange’s opinion, interferes with the intended purpose of the program will be asked to return home to seek care at their own expense and may have their program ended.
During the application and pre-departure phases, InterExchange will contact you with any questions or to relay information to the applicant. Once participants arrive in the United States, though, InterExchange will contact participants directly with requests, updates, and event invitations at the email address provided on their applications. Please ensure applicants provide an address that they check regularly and will continue to use once in the U.S. Please also emphasize the importance of their reading and responding to any and all messages from InterExchange. Failure to do so could be problematic or even result in dismissal from the program.
Once an application is submitted to InterExchange, it becomes property of our organization. We are required to keep files for all applicants, and the file must include the original documents. If you or your applicants wish to have copies of their application materials, please make copies before sending them to InterExchange. Employers should request any information they need regarding an applicant prior to extending an offer. If employers wish to have copies of any documents (transcripts, diplomas, etc.), the applicant must submit a letter authorizing the request. This letter must be notarized and must indicate exactly which material(s) to release.