U.S. J-1 Cultural Exchange Visitors Status: Intern Category
When you decide to hire a co-op student (intern), first discuss logistics about the job:
- Start and end dates of the work period
- Compensation details
- Relocation expenses, such as travel and housing assistance
- Payment of administrative fee for the J-1 visa
Students will most likely require a U.S. J-1 visa to intern in the USA.
As the employer, you are required to:
1. Choose a sponsor
2. Produce J-1 application documents
- Create J-1 application documents in accordance with the guidelines provided by your sponsor. Our preferred sponsors provide assistance with this.
3. Pay fees
- Pay the sponsor's application and processing fee.
4. Have sponsor issue the DS-2019
- After processing, the sponsor issues the DS-2019 form to the student which takes about 4 weeks. This allows the student to obtain the J-1 visa at USCIS (immigration).
- Non-Canadians and non-U.S. citizens have an additional step which increases the processing time to 6 weeks.
For preferred sponsor pricing and services, or any visa-related questions, please contact CECA's International Employment Specialist (USA) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1877-928-4473.
CECA and the sponsor provide the students with pre-departure orientation that includes information on taxes, SSN, health insurance, risk management and more.