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Eligibility & Fees
December 11, 2018
As a visa sponsor, the FACC wants to ensure that all candidates have the ability to live comfortably during their stay in the United States. It is important to understand the program fees and additional financial costs necessary to relocate to a new country. Find below a list of program fees for both candidates and their host companies:
|Application rejected by FACC-NY||Full refund|
|Cancellation after application but before DS-2019 issued||FACC-NY retains $250 to cover processing|
|Cancellation after DS-2019 is issued (before arrival in US)||No refund|
|Cancellation after visa is issued||No refund|
|Cancellation after visa is refused||No refund|
|J-1 Processing Fee 1-12 months||$1,000|
|J-1 Processing Fee 12-18 months||$1,500|
|J-1 Processing Fee 1-18 months VIE Program*||$2,000|
|Membership Fees||Will vary depending on FACC Chapter of Membership|
|Late Extension Fee (< 2 weeks before end of program)||$750|
|Site visit||$200 within NYC area, $250 outside NYC|
|Site of Activity Office Transfer||$500|
|SEVIS Fee||$220 (subject to change)|
|MRV Fee||$160 (subject to change)|
|Insurance Fees||Approximately $43/month|
|Late Arrival Documents||$100|
Please note: No refund will be given once the DS-2019 “Certificate of Eligibility” is issued to the Exchange Visitor. The Exchange Visitor and Host Company will receive a confirmation email once the DS-2019 has been issued. All fees (with the exception of program extensions) are due at the beginning of the application process.
As a reminder, the intern/trainee stipend may not cover all potential expenses, so Exchange Visitors are advised to come to the U.S. with additional personal funds.
The J-1 visa 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 diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the world. To confirm your eligibility, please review the eligible requirements below:
J-1 Intern: Exchange Visitors who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution outside the United States OR have graduated from such an institution within the past 12 months. Intern programs are limited to 12 months.
J-1 Trainee: Exchange Visitors who have a degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary institution outside the United States AND at least one year of relevant full-time work experience outside the United States. Trainee program are limited to 18 months. Please find the next steps to launch your visa application on our “How to Apply” page!
To begin a J-1 visa application, the FACC must first confirm that the Host Company meets the J-1 Exchange Visitor eligibility requirements. You will find below a list of the most important eligibility requirements for new host companies:
- Intern/Trainee Program must be paid at least the local prevailing minimum wage;
- Intern/Trainee Program must be on a full-time basis (32 – 40 hours per week);
- Intern/Trainee Program is a bona-fide training program and does not constitute work; the candidate has to be supervised at all times by the designated responsible supervisor;
- Hosting company must agree to pay the FACC J-1 administrative fees;
- Hosting Company must have valid FACC membership to their local chapter (minimum level required, Active Level, individual membership);
- To host an Intern, host company needs to have at least 3 full-time employees (NB: does not include EVs, interns, contractors…) at the site of activity for each Exchange Visitor in which at least 2 have to be American citizens or green card holders.
- To host a Trainee, host company needs to have at least 5 full-time employees (NB: does not include EVs, interns, contractors…) at the site of activity for each Exchange Visitor in which at least 2 have to be American citizens or green card holders.
Please find the next steps to launch your visa application on our “How to Apply” page!