J-1 Visa for Interns & Trainees
The BridgeUSA program provides foreign nationals the ability to come to the United States to participate in a wide variety of educational and cultural exchange programs. The J-1 Intern and Trainee programs enable university students, recent graduates, and young professionals to gain exposure to U.S. culture while receiving hands-on experience with U.S. business practices in their chosen academic or occupational field.
BridgeUSA promotes global understanding through temporary educational and cultural exchanges. All Interns and Trainees are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their program.
Below is a general overview of the process to apply for a J-1 visa.
Complete ICEF’s application process, including all required documents
ICEF screens Host Organization and approves Form DS-7002 Training Plan
Pay program fees,
which includes $220 SEVIS fee
ICEF approves visa sponsorship and
issues Form DS-2019
Apply for J-1 visa at U.S. Embassy/Consulate, and pay $160 visa application fee
Participate in visa interview, receive J-1 visa, and arrive to the U.S.!