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The Career Advancement Program offers international university students, recent graduates and young professionals the opportunity to become a J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee with a U.S. business. These structured and guided training programs offer the chance for cultural immersion in the United States and professional development in the J-1 Intern’s or J-1 Trainee’s specific academic or occupational field.
The main purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to foster global understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. All J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their program in order to share their exchange experiences.
Self-placed (SP) program: J-1 applicants arrange their own intern or trainee placement with a U.S. Host Organization. Once you have secured a training/internship opportunity, you are ready to get started.
Full Placement (FP) program: Greenheart Exchange will assist in identifying the potential placements for the J-1 Intern and J-1 Trainee candidates in Hospitality and Culinary industries.
Greenheart Exchange is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees in the following occupational fields:
Greenheart Exchange carefully reviews each prospective J-1 Intern and J-1 Trainee for the Exchange Visitor Program on a case-by-case basis.
Greenheart Exchange accepts J-1 Intern and J-1 Trainee applications on a rolling basis. While the length of the application process can vary depending on program type and preparedness of the J-1 applicant, Greenheart Exchange works closely with our stakeholders to ensure timely and efficient application processing. We recommend J-1 applicants begin the process at least 2 months in advance of their desired start date. Greenheart Exchange’s application process includes the following steps:
When the J-1 applicant is approved for sponsorship, he/she will be granted access to a personal Greenheart Exchange Online account. The J-1 applicant will be asked to complete:
Once the J-1 applicant receives the DS-2019 Form, he/she will be able to schedule their visa interview with the local U.S. Embassy. Don’t forget to let Greenheart Exchange know the date and the results of the visa interview!
Upon successful receipt of a J-1 Visa, the J-1 applicant will be able to schedule travel arrangements to the U.S. Be sure to let Greenheart know once a flight to the U.S. has been booked.
What is included in Greenheart Exchange’s Program Fee:
What is not included:
Greenheart Exchange is able to sponsor J-2 Dependents for J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees approved for sponsorship by Greenheart. A “dependent” includes the legal spouse and/or unmarried minor children (under age 21) of the approved J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee. Sponsorship of a J-2 dependent with Greenheart Exchange includes the following documentation:
Please disclose any interest in applying for a J-2 dependent as early in the J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee application process as possible.
If you have received your J-1 visa from your local Embassy, it means that you are ready to start your journey as J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee in U.S. Our team is happy to know that you chose Greenheart Exchange as your J-1 visa sponsor and we are here to assist you. This page contains important information on the J-1 Intern/J-1 Trainee programs’ rules and regulations. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
Make sure that you:
Greenheart Exchange is your main point of contact in the U.S. We, as your J-1 visa sponsor, are responsible for you while you are on the program. You are required to notify Greenheart Exchange promptly of any situation that impacts your ability to participate in your J-1 Intern/J-1 Trainee program including, but not limited to:
J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees are prohibited from engaging in the following activities ( other restrictions may apply depending on individual program ):
At Greenheart Exchange, we strive to strengthen the quality and consistency of our program administration. The information on this page will provide you with up-to-date program regulations and rules that govern Greenheart Exchange’s J-1 Intern and J-1 Trainee programs. Please contact us directly with any questions as we are happy to assist in any way we can.
J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees are prohibited from engaging in the following activities (other restrictions may apply depending on individual program):
All Exchange Visitors, including J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees, are entitled to the same legal protections as U.S. residents and citizens. Please review the following resources regarding rights and protections of J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees:
For tax purposes, J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees are required to be on regular payroll, must be paid as regular employees, and must complete Form W-4 at the start of their program. J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees receiving a stipend are required to pay federal, state, and local (if applicable) income taxes. However, J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees are exempt from paying FICA taxes (Social Security and Medicare) and FUTA taxes (Unemployment). Additional resources can be found online:
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges. This Non-Immigrant Visa program is overseen by the U.S. Department of State and gives foreign nationals the opportunity to come to the U.S. on short-term immersion programs to learn U.S. customs and culture. At the end of the program, J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees return to their home countries to share what they learned and experienced with their peers, thereby supporting the development of peaceful international relations.
The Visa Sponsor is a private-sector organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to administer the program. As the J-1 visa sponsor, Greenheart Exchange is responsible for ensuring that the J-1 Intern and J-1 Trainee program is compliant with all federal regulations, that the prospective J-1 applicant is eligible and will have ample opportunity for cultural immersion, and that the Host Organization will provide a quality training environment. While the J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee is in the U.S., Greenheart Exchange is in monthly contact with him/her to ensure his/her health, safety, and welfare.
The Host Organization is the company that hosts and trains the J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee. A J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee is the foreign national temporarily interning or training full time at the Host Organization.
Greenheart Exchange’s dedicated staff that have a deep understanding of Exchange Visitor Program regulations, a commitment to customer service, and a passion for cultural exchange.
Greenheart Exchange promotes an array of enriching cultural opportunities for J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program to ensure that their program goes beyond professional development alone. We provide researched lists of cultural and volunteer opportunities for more than 200 cities in the U.S., opportunities to earn rewards for community service through the Greenheart Club, and monthly correspondence to keep J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees in the loop on current events, holidays, and opportunities.
The Department of State regulations defines J-1 Intern and J-1 Trainee as the following:
A foreign national who is currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States – OR – graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his/her program start date.
Maximum program duration: 12 months
A foreign national who has a degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in his/her occupational field acquired outside the United States – OR – five years of work experience outside the United States in his/her occupational field.
Maximum program duration: 18 months, except Hospitality and Agriculture training programs are limited to a maximum duration of 12 months.
To obtain the J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee visa, participants will need:
Greenheart Exchange can sponsor the J-1 Intern and Trainee visas in the following Occupational Categories:
The maximum duration for J-1 Interns is 12 months. The maximum duration for J-1 Trainees is 18 months; however Hospitality & Tourism and Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing programs must not exceed 12 months per U.S. Department of State regulations. Programs cannot be extended beyond these durations outlined by the Department of State.
You can fill out our online Learn More (inquiry form) and our team will get in touch with you regarding next steps to begin your application.
Yes. Greenheart Exchange utilizes a user-friendly online application system. Once the application is complete, you can share the login credentials with your client, so they will have access to a mandatory virtual orientation. They will also have access to important program resources, including information about social security, taxes, health insurance, and cultural opportunities in their area.
No. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is intended to be used for temporary cultural exchange. J-1 Interns and J-1 Trainees are expected to depart the U.S. at the end of the program. In-country Change of Status is not condoned by the U.S. Department of State.
A J-1 applicant who are currently in the U.S. and is eligible as a J-1 Intern or J-1 Trainee must apply from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of the United States. J-1 visa holders in-country must leave the U.S. when their program ends and may apply for other visa types from the U.S. Embassy in their home country or country of residence.
Yes. Greenheart Exchange offers expedited processing service. Please inquire directly for more details.
Yes. Greenheart Exchange is able to sponsor J-2 spouse and child dependents. We also offer medical insurance for J-2 dependents. Please inquire directly for more details.
Greenheart Exchange can release pricing information upon confirming eligibility of the J-1 applicant. Please note that all program fees are charged to the participant, and there is no fee requested of the host organization.
Regulations governing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program are publicly available in the Code of Federal Register (22 C.F.R § 62). Specific J-1 Intern and J-1 Trainee program regulations can be found at 22 C.F.R § 62.22.More information about the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program can be found on the Department of State’s official J-1 website.
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