Congratulations on your approval!
Below are links to all the items you will need for your next steps and during your time in the U.S. Please review all information below and follow our next steps to ensure you are ready to begin a successful program.
Important Information for J-1 Participants from InterExchange
Orientation: Please log into the online application to watch the orientation, then take the quiz at the end. You are required to complete this orientation before your record can be activated in SEVIS. We encourage you to do this as soon as possible to help you prepare for your program.
Embassy Interview: All participants (except Canadian citizens) must attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy in their home country before receiving the J-1 Visa and coming to the U.S. to start the program. Fill out the DS-160 form online then go to your local U.S. embassy website to schedule an appointment. You will bring the documents sent by InterExchange, your passport, proof of ties to your home country and any other documents listed on the embassy website.
Participant Handbook: Please read this before your interview at the Embassy/Consulate. There are important details about applying for your visa and preparing for your trip to the U.S.
Insurance Brochure: Review details regarding your insurance coverage in this brochure and online. Your ID number will be provided via email from email@example.com after you arrive in the U.S.
Participant Resource Center: You'll find important information regarding applying for your Social Security number, housing, taxes, traveling with your J-1 Visa, and more in this section and we encourage you to start reviewing it now. Please bookmark this page so you can return to it easily throughout your program.
Travel Information Form: Once you have received your visa from the Embassy/Consulate and have booked your travel to the U.S., please complete the travel information form to let us know your travel details.
Important Contact Information Form: Complete this form and provide to family, employer, etc.
InterExchange Cultural Resources
Inside the USA Guide: Review our helpful guide to living in the U.S.
Peer Mentor Program: The goal of this program is to introduce you to a current intern/trainee who is already in the U.S. so that you can ask them questions about your upcoming move and get some advice before you arrive. We try our best to match you with someone in the same region of the U.S. so that you can try to meet up once you arrive.
In your interview for J-1 Visa sponsorship, you were asked if you were interested in participating in this program. If you answered yes, we will do our best to find you a mentor and introduce you over email. If you are interested and did not sign up or if you have any specific questions about the program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Training USA Participant Network: Another great way to connect with other J-1 Interns/Trainees is through our Participant Network. You can find other participants near you, ask questions, get advice, and start networking. To join this group, please follow the link above.
Please Note: You should first create a Google Account, if you do not already have one. Once you set up this account, you can click 'Apply for Membership.'
Online Communities: You can also begin connecting with other participants through our various online communities. Look for us on social media!
Career Training Blog: Visit our blog regularly for articles on our programs, U.S. travel and culture, career tips, and more.
Affordable U.S. Hostels and Special Discounts: Whether you need a temporary place to stay upon arrival to the U.S. or during your travel period, it’s important to make arrangements in advance. We have a list of affordable hostels and special discounts in the United States that InterExchange has arranged for you. We update this information regularly, so check back frequently for new discounts.
Cultural Compass: For more information about cultural activities, transportation, accommodation, and more in your host community, go to Cultural Compass and search for your area. It covers every U.S. state and territory with specific information for most major cities.
Important Information for J-1 Participants from the U.S. Department of State
SEVIS Fact Sheet: Learn how to maintain valid immigration status while on the program.
The Exchange Visitor Brochure and Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Learn about protecting your health, safety, and the rules of the J-1 program.
- Additional resources: Rights and Protections for Temporary Workers
Form I-94 Arrival and Departure Procedure: Participants arriving via air or sea can obtain their electronic I-94 record here. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will still issue a paper form I-94 for participants arriving via land border ports of entry.
Welcome Letter: Read your welcome letter from the U.S. Department of State!