Our New Fee Structure goes into effect on January 1, 2014:
Mandatory Fees for All Applicants:
Individual Trainee or Intern Program Fee: $1450
Application Review Fee (non-refundable): $450
* SEVIS Fee: $180
Sickness and Accident Insurance (optional): $57/month per person
Additional Fees (if applicable):
Dependent Fee (flat fee for all J-2 dependents): $400
** Host Site Verification Fee: $500 ($250 refundable if application not accepted)
Program Extension Fee: $300
(if original is lost or destroyed): $50
WE ARE NO LONGER OFFERING SEPARATE EXPEDITE AND NON-EXPEDITE SERVICE. ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED WITHIN 5 BUSINESS DAYS.
* SEVIS FEE
All J-1 training program participants are subject to a government fee to fund the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Proof of SEVIS fee payment must be submitted to U.S. consular officers during the J-1 visa consular processing. To facilitate this process, the International Exchange Center collects this fee and submits it to the US Government on behalf of the exchange visitor. Accepted participants will be provided a receipt. To learn more, please visit the SEVIS website.
** HOST SITE VERIFICATION FEE
Federal J-1 program regulations require that host companies with fewer than 25 employees or less than $3 million in annual revenue be visited by an American Immigration Council representative prior to application approval. Effective Monday, August 11, 2008, the Host Site Verification Fee covers the administrative expense of vetting small host organizations. Please note: small companies new to the International Exchange Center J-1 Program are not eligible for expedited application processing.
Can I get a refund of fees?
A partial refund of program fees to the payer is possible in the case of host company or foreign national withdrawal or denial of the application for J-1 Program Sponsorship by the American Immigration Council prior to the issuance of form DS-2019 and/or prior to Consular processing. Although we provide partial refunds of our fees if we reject the application for J-1 program sponsorship, we are unable to provide refunds due to rejection at the US Consulate. The SEVIS Fee ($180) and the Application Review Fee ($450) are nonrefundable. A portion ($250) of the Host Site Verification fees is refundable. For participants enrolling in the IMG group policy insurance, unused insurance is refundable, calculated on a whole month basis. Refunds are issued only to the owner of the credit card account or the name of the individual on the check used for payment.
How long does it take to get a refund?
You can expect to receive a refund from a payment made via PayPal within 2 weeks of your refund request. You can expect to receive a refund from a payment made by check within 6 weeks of your refund request.
How do I request a refund?
If you wish to request a refund, please contact the person who reviewed your application. If you have not yet communicated with anyone at the American Immigration Council, please send your refund request to email@example.com. Your refund request must include the reason for the refund request, name of the payer, the date paid and the amount paid.