J-1 Visa Application Steps
Congratulations on being accepted to the InterExchange Career Training USA program! Now that you’ve been approved, your next step is to apply for a J-1 Visa at your local embassy or consulate. ALL Interns and Trainees (except Canadian citizens) must attend an embassy interview in order to receive a J-1 Visa, so it’s time to start preparing for your embassy interview.
1. Check Your Inbox
- You should have received an email from InterExchange entitled "APPLICATION APPROVED/SEVIS FEE PAYMENT INFORMATION."
* This email includes your SEVIS ID number as well as instructions on how to retrieve your SEVIS fee payment receipt. These items are necessary for completing the DS-160 Non-immigrant visa application.
2. Complete the DS-160 online.
- Once you’ve reviewed your approval email, head to the Department of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center to fill-in and submit the DS-160 Non-immigrant visa application.
Note: The Department of State requires all Visa Applicants to submit their social media handles (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) on their DS-160 Applications. A response to the questions related to social media is required. However, the form does allow the applicant to respond with "None."
Applicants should complete the application fully and honestly as failure to provide accurate and truthful responses on a visa application or during a visa interview may result in denial of the visa by a consular officer. At present, you will not be asked for your passwords or to update any of your current privacy settings.
3. Schedule your visa interview.
- Find the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate that issues J-1 Visas.
- You should review the embassy or consulate’s website for any country-specific information, including instructions about scheduling interviews, submitting your visa application, and other frequently asked questions.
4. Receive your documents from InterExchange.
- Included in the package shipped by InterExchange is your DS-2019 and your DS-7002 Training Plan.
- Check the tracking details sent by InterExchange to ensure your acceptance packet will arrive before your interview date!
Pro tip: You don’t need to wait until you have your sponsorship documents from InterExchange to complete your DS-160 and schedule your embassy appointment, but you will need your documents for your interview.
5. Prepare for your embassy interview.
- Review our tips here.
6. It’s time to attend your embassy interview!
- Remember to bring your DS-2019 and DS-7002 with you to the embassy, as well as any additional documents specified on the embassy or consulate website.
- You will need documented proof of ties to your home country or country of residency (documents may show you will return to school, have a job offer after your program, own property, etc.)
- After a successful visa interview, the embassy will generally return your passport with your J-1 Visa inside within about five days.