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About the International Exchange Center


The purpose of the American Immigration Council's Cultural Exchange Program is to create educational resources and opportunities that recognize our immigrant heritage. Dedicated to respecting, valuing, and celebrating cultural differences, our programs create a synergy of the best ideas from many cultures for the benefit of all.


We foster the exchange of culture, ideas and knowledge through sponsorship of the J-1 visa in the trainee and intern categories and the organization of periodic study tours to various cities around the world.

The Exchange Visitor (J) non-immigrant visa category is for individuals approved to participate in work and study based exchange visitor programs, which enable foreign nationals to visit and experience life in the United States. The U.S. Department of State designates sponsors to oversee J programs.

It is necessary for an applicant to have a sponsor before applying for the J-1 visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. We welcome inquiries from U.S. host companies, their attorneys and from potential international interns and trainees.

As a sponsor, it is our responsibility to vet both the international applicant and the U.S. host organization for J-1 visa eligibility. We pride ourselves on screening and overseeing every exchange program directly. For this reason we do not work with overseas recruiters or U.S. placement agencies.

Once the accepted trainee or intern has arrived in the United States, we serve as a support system and resource. Our goal is to ensure that the J-1 visa regulations are fully satisfied and the exchange experience is positive and rewarding for all involved.

Please note,we do not sponsor the J-1 categories of au pairs, camp counselors, college and university students, government visitors, international visitors, professors and research scholars, secondary school students, short-term scholars, specialists, teachers, or summer work travel.


Cultural Exchange
American Immigration Council
1331 G Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-507-7500

Our only office is in Washington, DC and is not affiliated with the International Exchange Center of Russia.