Once you have been approved for sponsorship, there are a few more steps you will need to take before you begin your program.
Schedule and attend your visa interview
Interns and Trainees (except Canadian citizens) must attend an interview at their local embassy or consulate in order to be issued a J-1 Visa. Let us help you prepare for your embassy interview.
- Find the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest to your residence that issues J-1 Visas.
- Complete the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application.
- Important: You can find your SEVIS number attached to the email that has been sent to you. This email is titled "SEVIS Fee Payment Information." You will use this number to complete your DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
- Note: The Department of State requires all Visa Applicants to submit their social media information (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.
- Follow your consulate or embassy’s online instructions for making a nonimmigrant visa appointment.
- Receive your acceptance package containing documents and orientation materials from Career Training USA.
- Prepare for your interview by reading “U.S. Embassy/Consulate Interview Tips” in your Participant Handbook and our "Prepare for your Interview" article and collecting the required documents for your interview. Be sure to check your local embassy or consulate’s website, as requirements may vary from country to country. Ensure you have 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.)
- Attend your interview and receive your visa.
Arrive in the U.S.
Once you have your visa, you can depart for the U.S.!
- Make your travel arrangements, and fill out our Travel Information Form to let us know when you will be arriving.
- Log into the online application to complete your online orientation and complete the orientation quiz to ensure that you are prepared for your arrival in the U.S.
- Go through U.S. Customs. You will need your valid passport (including your J-1 Visa), your DS-2019 form, and a DS-6059 form (which you'll receive on the plane or at the airport when you arrive). Keep these documents in your carry-on luggage so they will be available when you go through customs.
- Be polite, smile at your customs official, and answer any questions asked.
- When you arrive at your hotel or place of residence (even if it is just temporary), you must notify InterExchange of your U.S. address and phone number so that we can activate your record in SEVIS. You may do this by filling out our Arrival Form online.
Congratulations on making it to the U.S.! Now you are ready to settle into your host city and begin your program.
- If you do not already have a place to live, it is time to begin looking. The housing resources on our website can help.
- You will receive an email from InterExchange letting you know that your SEVIS record has been activated. If you are on a paid program, please wait at least five days after you receive this email, then go to your local Social Security office to apply for your Social Security card.
- Once you have applied for your Social Security number, you will receive your card by mail in a few weeks. You will be able to begin your program before you receive your Social Security card by using the receipt from your Social Security application or a letter from the Social Security office.
- If you are being paid, you will need to fill out some tax forms when you begin your internship or training program. Read our information on tax documents to help you fill them out correctly. Remember to bring your passport with your visa, a printout of your I-94 form, and your DS-2019 Form to show your employer on your first day.
- If you are being paid, or if you will be here for an extended period of time, you may want to open a U.S. bank account. Although each bank is slightly different we have compiled some general information and guidelines that should make the process easier.
- Make sure you update your contact information with InterExchange as you find a permanent residence and telephone number. You should always notify us within ten days of any change of address or contact information, but you will also be contacted via email every 30 days to verify your contact information and to update us on any changes to your program.