As a nonprofit organization, InterExchange keeps its costs as low as possible, while delivering the superior service international trainees need to have a successful experience. You can apply directly to InterExchange.
If you have any questions about program fees or costs, feel free to contact our Career Training USA department. Please also see our Cost of Living & Budgeting Guide for additional information regarding program-related costs and ideas for funding tour training program in the U.S.
2017 Program Fees
This fee schedule will be in effect for all applications submitted via our online application system after 2:00 p.m. EST on December 30, 2016. Please note that these fees are subject to change. An invoice will only be provided upon request. An application can only be submitted online once the program fees have been paid in full.
Fee Disclosure Document
Please download, sign and upload this Fee Disclosure document to your online application. In the Documents section, create a new document called "Fee Disclosure" and upload your signed form there.
If applying through an attorney or to our New York office directly, you will pay the following program fee (which includes accident and sickness insurance) depending on your program length.
|Program Length (Months)||Program Fee||Program Length (Months)||Program Fee|
If you are applying through an InterExchange-approved cooperator, please note that your program fee will be different based on the services provided by the cooperator. For more information, please contact the cooperator directly for a description of their fees and services. Your program fee includes accident and sickness insurance for the entire duration of the program, as well as the 30-day grace period at the end of your program. You may arrive up to 30 days prior to your program start date, but you will need to purchase extra insurance to cover this early arrival.
Additional Program-Related Fees
- SEVIS Fee: $180 (payable to the Department of Homeland Security upon acceptance to the program)
- Embassy/Consulate Fee: $160 (paid to the Embassy/Consulate)
- These fees are subject to change according to U.S. government specifications.
- Host Company Site Visit Fee (Paid by employer): $250 (See employer application to determine whether a site visit is required)
- Dependent Spouse or Child of J-1 Applicant (will be issued a DS-2019 for a J-2 Visa): $750 for 1st dependent; $200/additional
- Dependent Accident & Sickness Insurance: $60/month/dependent
- Reprint of Lost/Damaged DS-2019: $40
- Insurance for early arrival (for up to 30 days before program start date): $55
- Change of Host Employer: $150 non-refundable application processing fee (if a site visit is necessary to evaluate host employer for program participation, additional $250 site visit fee payable by new host employer will be required)
- Program Extension: Starting at $650. Current participants must contact InterExchange to discuss whether it is possible to extend and to request the extension pricing and refund schedule. Maximum program length for trainees is 18 months.
- Expedited Application Review Fee: $925 (nonrefundable once application is complete). Review conducted within 3 business days of date application is marked complete and In Queue.
- If your host employer requires a site visit, please note that we are unable to expedite site visits, as scheduling site visits is dependent upon host employers' availability. Although we can expedite the review of your application documents, be aware that a site visit may add up to 1-2 weeks to the overall review time.
Fees Will Cover:
- J-1 Visa Sponsorship and application processing, including a thorough review of the host employer, training plan and participant eligibility
- Issuance and shipping of DS-2019 Form and acceptance packet
- Accident and sickness insurance for entire duration of program and 30-day grace period at end of program
- 24-hour emergency support for duration of program
- Online orientation for living and adapting to life in the U.S.
- Pre-departure materials for preparing for successful program
- Free U.S. SIM card
- Monthly participant check-ins by InterExchange staff to ensure programs are progressing smoothly
- Extensive U.S. cultural resources
- Coordinated cultural activities (for participants in select cities)
- Travel resources and guides for visiting the U.S.
- Peer Mentor program
- Access to online participant network
- Continuous program support from InterExchange
- Access to global alumni network
Fees Will Not Cover:
- Round-trip airfare (est. $700-$1500)
- Transportation to/from the airport to your host city
- Housing in the U.S.
- Transportation in the U.S.
- Entertainment and/or other personal expenses
- Medical expenses not covered by your accident & sickness insurance plan
View our Cost of Living and Budgeting Guide to better understand the costs associated with participation in the Career Training USA program and for tips on preparing a budget for your time in the USA.
Once a DS-2019 Form is issued, refund requests will only be processed once the original DS-2019 Form has been returned to InterExchange. Refunds will be processed in approximately 2-4 weeks.
|Description||Amount kept by InterExchange||Refund to Participant|
|Rejected application||$200||Remainder of program fee|
|Cancellation prior to issuance of DS-2019||$200||Remainder of program fee|
|Cancellation after issuance of DS-2019 (prior to receiving a visa)||$350||Remainder of program fee|
|Expedited review fee (prior to completing application)||0||$925|
|Expedited review fee (after completing application)||$925||0|
General Program Refunds
|Description||Amount kept by InterExchange||Refund to Participant|
|Visa denial||$200||Remainder of Program Fee|
|Cancellation after receiving visa (prior to arrival in U.S.)||100% of Program Fee minus $45/month||$45/month per number of months remaining on the program after cancellation|
|Early departure from the U.S.||100% of Program Fee minus $45/month||$45/month per number of months remaining on the program after departure|
|Cancellation of dependent after issuance of DS-2019 (prior to receiving a visa)||$100/each dependent who cancels||Remainder of dependent Program Fee|
|Cancellation for dependent after receiving J-2 Visa||100% of Program Fee minus $60/month||$60/month/dependent per number of months remaining on the program after cancellation|
What Is an International Cooperator?
InterExchange also works with international cooperating agencies, independent agencies based in countries outside the USA, that work with InterExchange to assist participants. If InterExchange works with an international cooperator in your home country, they will pre-screen you and assist you with completing and submitting your application to us. Although you are not required to apply through a cooperator, they can offer you additional assistance in your native language throughout the application process.
If applying through an international cooperator, you will pay your fees directly to them. Cooperator fees vary from country to country and are determined individually by each cooperator based on the services and benefits offered. InterExchange only works with international cooperators who charge fair and affordable program fees.
If you have independently selected an agency in your home country and would like to apply through InterExchange, please contact us to verify that the agency is approved to send candidates through InterExchange. We do not accept applications from unauthorized third party agencies, and we request that you do not pay any fees to an agency without first verifying they have a contractual agreement with InterExchange. Similarly, if you would like help finding an international cooperator, please contact us for a list of InterExchange-approved agencies in your home country. If we do not work with an agency in your country, you may still apply to InterExchange directly.