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Learn about the International Exchange Center

Who we are, what we do, and what is the J-1 visa?


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Apply for J-1 Visa Sponsorship

Potential J-1 applicants, host organizations, and attorneys interested in applying can learn more about the application requirements.

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Current J-1 Exchange Participants

Get advice on maintaining your J-1 status, download forms, find links to government agencies, and read our FAQs.


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Our Alumni

Get involved in our network of past participants. Grow and develop professionally, expand your network, and attend events in your home country.


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Outbound Exchange

Travel abroad with us. Explore our upcoming trips to India (2013) and Italy (2014).

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What's New

Meet Up Event for J-1 participants in the Chicago, Illinois area:

Please join us on September 10th at The Golden Triangle, a high-end gallery/museum environment, housing Asian and European antiques and artifacts, who have generously offered to be our hosts.

  • Who: About 50 J-1 trainees and interns from different visa sponsor organizations
  • What: Meet and greet event  opportunity to meet J-1s in the Chicago area
  • When: September 10th from 6 - 8pm
  • Where: The Golden Triangle, 330 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654 

There will be food and drinks for our guests. We hope to see you there and look forward to hearing about your experiences in the United States while we exchange conversation and enjoy the beautiful artwork.

Please RSVP to letting us know whether or not you plan to attend, so we can give our hosts an estimate of how many people to expect.


The Department of State has taken steps to resolve the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) malfunction:

The Department of State (DOS) has made progress on resolving the issues with their consular data systems. Check their Newsroom for more information. There may still be delays of up to a week in addition to normal processing times. Please incorporate flexibility into your planning when attempting to schedule travel to the United States and start dates for J-1 training programs and internships.

We will continue to update this space with more information as we receive it. We appreciate your patience and understanding as DOS attempts to bring their capabilites up to full capacity.


Updated August 20, 2014:

  • As of Wednesday 8/20/2014 we have 0 interview slots available for the remainder of August.
  • We have 60 webcam interview slots available in September.

Click here to read about updates to the Online Application System... (Updated 4/14/14)

Submit your application ASAP so you can proceed with scheduling the webcam interview! Please submit the completed application first, and then choose an appointment.

If you would like to schedule a webcam interview for an applicant whose application you have already submitted, please use our online scheduling tool to book the appointment. (URL:

Once our interview slots are filled for the month, we will not be able to approve any more applications for J-1 visa sponsorship during that month or issue new DS 2019 forms to applicants who have not passed the webcam interview phase of the application procedure.

As always, we recommend that you schedule the webcam interview at least 4 weeks in advance of the program start date, to allow sufficient time for consular processing and international travel.