J1 Visa Program

Thanks to its affiliation with FACC New York, FACC New England can help its Premium Corporate members and Corporate members enjoy the great benefit of hosting an international trainee or intern. The FACC network offers three J-1 visa programs: Student, Young Professional and VIE (Volontaires Internationaux en Entreprise).

The FACC New York is authorized by the U.S. State Department to sponsor eligible trainees on a J-1 visa hosted by a company member of a FACC local chapter. With this document, a foreign candidate with the offer of a training program from a company in the United States may apply for J-1 visa at the U.S. embassy in Paris. The J-1 visa allows participants in our program come to the United States for up to 18 months for full-time, paid, practical training at an eligible FACCNE member company.

For more information, please download FACC's Orientation Guide for VIEs and Interns in the United States (click here). This Guide is intended to better prepare VIEs and interns/trainees for their training programs in the United States. The Orientation Guide contains important facts about life in the United States, such as how to find an apartment and how to apply for a Social Security Number. The Orientation Guide also provides information on participating in American cultural activities to encourage the VIEs and interns/trainees to engage with their local communities.

The Candidate

In order to be eligible for a J-1 visa through the FACC program, the candidate must: 

 Be a foreign national (European for the VIE program) currently enrolled in, or a graduate of, a foreign post-secondary school or degree-granting institution.

 Speak English proficiently enough to participate in a professional exchange program in the United States.

 Have received an internship or training offer from an eligible host company that corresponds to his or her studies.

 Not have held a previous J-1 Training visa in the United States in the last two years (please contact the FACC if you have held a previous J-1 Intern or Trainee visa to determine your eligibility).

 Have medical insurance coverage for the entire duration of the J-1 visa per U.S. federal regulations.

 Agree to leave the United States upon J-1 visa program completion. 
For more information about the procedures, please click here.

The Host Company

In order to welcome an international trainee or intern through the FACC program, the host company in New England must

 Be a member of the local FACC chapter in the United States for the entire duration of the J-1 visa program (Silver or Gold)

 Be a part of the business sector; i.e., schools, churches, hospitals, restaurants and government institutions are not eligible.

 Have sufficient structure to provide proper supervision for the exchange visitor.

 Provide a stipend to the participant at least equivalent to the local prevailing minimum wage (local, state or federal; whichever is highest).

 Develop an eligible Form DS-7002 Training/Internship Placement Plan and ensure that it is carried out by the exchange visitor during his or her stay in the U.S.

 Ensure that the exchange visitor is participating in the program on a full-time basis; at least 35 hours per week.

 Demonstrate the ability to provide the exchange visitor with an American experience in the workplace and through cultural activities.

For more information, please visit FACC New York.

The FACCNE can also help you find interns. Do not hesitate to contact us and please explore our pages for employers under the Employment menu.

Testimonial

"I first used the FACC ICDP program last summer to hire a French intern with a Ph.D in biology. Priscilla received her convocation to the US Embassy in Paris only 12 days after her file was submitted to the FACC. The dedicated team of J1-visa experts in New York made the entire procedure easy and cost-competitive. Furthermore, our HR manager was put in contact with a professional and friendly correspondent who gave us pertinent advice. I will definitely use the service again, and I would recommend FACCNE to companies of any size that host foreign interns and trainees."

Frederic Chereau
CEO, Pervasis Therapeutics
Cambridge, MA

 

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