About the International Exchange Center
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of the International Exchange Center (IEC) is to create educational resources and opportunities that recognize our immigrant heritage. Dedicated to respecting, valuing, and celebrating cultural differences, the International Exchange Center programs create a synergy of the best ideas from many cultures for the benefit of all.
WHAT WE DO
The International Exchange Center fosters 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.
About the J-1 visa:
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 the United States in order to experience life in the U.S. The U.S. Department of State designates sponsors to oversee J programs.
It is the sponsor’s responsibility to vet both the international applicant and U.S. host organization for J-1 visa eligibility. 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.
Once the accepted trainee or intern has arrived in the United States, the International Exchange Center serves 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.
NOTE: The International Exchange Center's only office is in Washington, DC. We welcome inquiries from U.S. host companies, their attorneys and from potential international interns and trainees. 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. The International Exchange Center is not affiliated with the International Exchange Center of Russia.
The International Exchange Center does 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.
International Exchange Center
American Immigration Council
1331 G Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
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