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J-1 Academic Trainee Visa

Industrial students, industrial trainees, teachers, research assistants, and scholars from other countries who wish to pursue an internship in the US are sponsored for a J-1 academic trainee visa.

J-1 Academic Trainee Visa

These internship programs sponsor you for this type of visa.

Students who are sponsored for this kind of visa have to leave the country within 30 days as the internship ends.

This kind of visa holders cannot return to the US for the coming 2 years after their internship experience so as to apply the skills and expertise they acquired while working in the US in their native countries.

Students who wish to work as temporary workers in the US are more eligible for a J-1 academic trainee visa.

International organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, and IDB also sponsor these interns with visas.

One should go through the following process to pursue an internship program in the US:

  1. Firstly, you got to find an internship program that meets your requirements. Also, confirm that the organization you pursue your internship from is a reputable and certified organization or not.
  2. Apply for the internship program.
  3. Once you have been admitted to an organization you need to request a detailed explanation of the steps and documents required for your visa.
  4. Now collect all the required documents for your visa interview and also visit the US consulate or embassy in your area.

The J1 academic trainee visa is also sponsored for the following purposes including:

  • High School Exchange Programs.
  • Work and Travel Programs (WAT) for college students.
  • Camp US programs.
  • Internship or trainee programs.
  • Some government and academic programs.

It is a versatile visa specially designed for many practical purposes to serve industrial students, industrial trainees, teachers, research assistants, and scholars.

The duration of a J-1 academic trainee visa is usually determined by their work period and by the time period the local US Consulate/Embassy is willing to give them along with your respective internship programs. Officially these internship programs require you to have a job with a US employer approved by a State Department-approved sponsor organization and thus unlike the regular working visas such as H1B, E3, etc., these designated organizations that are your sponsor meet requirements on the State Department’s behalf.

One can get around 71 approved sponsors listed on the State Department’s website such as CIEE, Intrax, InterExchage, etc for getting a J-1 academic trainee visa. However, this requirement is loosely administered in certain nations and vigorously in others under the general unofficial guise of students.

There are a number of costs associated with being able to get a J-1 academic trainee visa, which is as follows:

  • Program Fees to your sponsor organization and/or local affiliate (generally $1,500 in accordance with the duration of your internship program) may also include your insurance.
  • Insurance coverage if not included above.
  • Student exchange visitor information system fee.
  • US Consulate/Embassy Application costs.

It is best to opt for your sponsor organization or local affiliate as they have a list of companies willing to hire foreigners which probably makes it easier to pay the program fees.

However, people avoid opting for such higher fees but still, thousands of people do it each year. The J-1 academic trainee visa can also file an application for a J-2 dependent visa for their spouses to be present in the US as well.

In a consultation, a visa lawyer can provide answers to your questions, or you can hire our firm. Call today for a free consultation. Call: 213-687-4412