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The French-American Chamber of Commerce is a U.S. Department of State designated J-1 visa sponsor for the Intern and Trainee Exchange Visitor Programs. We are proud to have sponsored qualified candidates for international exchange for nearly half a century. As an Exchange Visitor Program sponsor, we actively promote the mission of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961 which aims to increase mutual understanding through exchange experiences. This program utilizes the J-1 visa, which is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States Department of State.
About the Exchange Visitor Program
The Exchange Visitor Program encourages cultural exchange by allowing exchange visitors to come to the United States for up to 12 months as Interns or for up to 18 months as Trainees to participate in full-time, paid, practical training programs at eligible FACC member companies. These programs are extremely beneficial for both candidates and host companies and serve to further understanding and diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the world. Our candidates gain valuable experience in fields as diverse as finance, engineering, law, communications and tech, while our host companies get the benefit of top international talent while helping to train the leaders of tomorrow. In addition to professional experience, the FACC coordinates year-round American cultural events for our J-1 Exchange Visitors, promoting American cultural exposure and networking opportunities nationwide.
In order to host an Exchange Visitor, companies must adhere to certain structural requirements in order to ensure that the intern or trainee is adequately supervised, in accordance with the mission of the Exchange Visitor Program. Additonally, the host company must maintain a minimum of an Active Level Membership in their local FACC Chapter. Consult additional details on eligibility & fees here or contact us to discuss.
The FACC as Your Visa Sponsor
As a sponsor, the FACC facilitates the application process and provides assistance throughout the program. After carefully reviewing a candidate’s qualifications, experience and motivations, we determine whether the candidate is eligible for the program and, if so, issue the Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019) to allow the application to proceed to the next step: visa issuance at the American Embassy.
Our International Career Development Programs (ICDP) team’s industry-leading processing times ensures the visa process is fast and seamless. Each application receives a dedicated, bilingual (English and French) Account Manager who follows the process from start to finish. The FACC is the only sponsor dedicated to the French-American business community and maintains strong relationships with U.S. and French government officials. Through our CareerConnect platform, we facilitate the connections between our member companies and qualified candidates.
With 20 affiliated chapters representing all major U.S. cities, the FACC provides access to expansive opportunities in New York City as well as to industry-specific cities throughout the United States.
If you are interested in applying for the Intern or Trainee Exchange Visitor Program consult our resources below.
Exchange Visitor Eligibility Pre-Screening
Are you considering applying as an Exchange Visitor intern, trainee or VIE? Our chatbot can help you determine if you meet the initial criteria. This is only a starting point, we encourage you to consult all the resources available on our website and reach out to our team if you have a specific concern. This tool does not guarantee your eligibility, each application is fully reviewed by the FACC staff to ensure that the candidate's qualifications and the host company's training program are aligned.
"We truly do enjoy working with the FACC. You make the program easily manageable and are always available at a moment's notice for advice and guidance!" – Matt Moran
"Working with the FACC team is a real pleasure. They all are available and efficient and quick as needed from filing the petition to the submission at the Embassy until the the end of the VIE period. The FACC is always here. I have worked with other sponsors in the US or for other foreign countries and I can tell that working with the FACC is the easiest and the most pleasant partner to work with." – Gregory de Pauw
"The FACC team has been very helpful in guiding us through the J-1 visa procedures.The J-1 visa program is great and it’s a valuable opportunity for both our company and the candidate to mix into the culture, to learn and share our passion.We highly recommend this program and the FACC!" – Antoine Chauvel
"Credit Agricole CIB has had a successful collaboration with the FACC for the past ten years. The FACC is responsive and attentive to our needs regarding our VIE program. We look forward to continuing our partnership!" – Jenna Lee
"We (Sanofi) have come to rely quite heavily on the FACC’s J-1 Program as it allows us to infuse young talents who have a completely fresh and unbiased perspective into our US organization. Our J-1 participants bring a wealth of ideas and initiatives to their host functions and they also facilitate the liaison between our French home office and US affiliates." – Muriel Pandosy
In an effort to streamline the application process, the FACC has been working on the development of an online portal for visa applications. This service is coming soon! Prior to submitting an application, please review our program guidelines and eligibility requirements to participate in our Intern or Trainee Exchange Visitor Program.