The J-1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to exchange visitor program participants to gain experience in the United States.
You will first need to obtain a certificate of eligibility form called "DS-2019." DS-2019 Forms are issued by the J-1 visa program sponsors designated by the Department of States. After obtaining the DS-2019 form, you will then apply for the J-1 visa and book a visa interview at the U.S Embassy or Consulate near you.
This is a legal document that is issued by a J-1 Visa sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State. This document entitles and authorizes a foreign national to participate in an internship or training program at a U.S. host company and receive compensation for such activity.
There are several programs in J-1 visa. IGE sponsors Intern and Trainee programs. There are program specific requirements for each program. Please check the program information page for each program.
Intern Program is for College/University students and recent graduate, and Trainee Program is for young professional who already has work experience. Please check the program information page for more details.
Yes, you will have to pay a program fee to cover administrative costs, health insurance, and SEVIS that are required by the regulations. You will also be responsible for paying a visa application fee to your local U.S. embassy/Consulate, and you should have sufficient funds to cover your travel expenses and initial cost of living when you arrive to the U.S.
Yes, in order for you to obtain a DS-2019 Form(Certificate of Eligibility), you will need a host company secured and have a personalized Training Plan(DS-7002) for your internship or training. If you don't have a host company, IGE has a placement service to find a best matching host company for you.
No, you're not allowed to have a second job while participating in the program. You will be only allowed to have an internship or training at a host company listed in your training plan(DS-7002).
Application timeframe depends on how fast you and your host company submit the required documents and complete the application process. Typically, it takes about 4-6 weeks to apply for a visa.
You must be able to understand and communicate in English to perform successfully in the internship or training program. You need to pass an IGE English Oral test by IGE associate in order to participate in our programs.
Yes, you can. You will need to request a “Travel Validation” on your DS-2019 form. Please contact IGE at least 3 weeks prior to your intended travel for further assistance.
Yes, the regulations require each participant to have insurance coverage for the entire duration of the program.