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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 the application is not accepted)
Program Extension Fee: $300
Replacement DS-2019 (if original is lost or destroyed): $50

* SEVIS Fee: All J-1 program participants are subject to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. 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 U.S. Government on behalf of the exchange visitor. Accepted participants will receive a receipt. To learn more, please visit the SEVIS website.

** Host Site Verification Fee: Federal J-1 program regulations require a visit by an American Immigration Council representative to prospective host companies with fewer than 25 employees or less than $3 million in annual revenuel.

NOTE: All applications will be reviewed within five (5) business days. We no longer offer expedited service.


Can I get a refund of fees?
Prior to the issuing of the DS-2019, the program fee and the SEVIS fee are refundable. The SEVIS fee and the Application Review fee are nonrefundable after the DS-2019 is issued. A portion of the Host Site Verification fees is refundable. We are unable to provide refunds due to rejection at the U.S. consulate. For participants enrolled in the group policy insurance, unused insurance is refundable and calculated on a whole month basis. For all refunds, 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, include the reason for the refund request, name of the payer, the date and the amount paid. Email the request to the person who reviewed your application at the American Immigration Council or to

Where do I mail checks?

All checks must be drawn on U.S. dollars and made payable to: "American Immigration Council." Fees can be combined into one check or paid separately (for example: Sponsorship Fee, SEVIS Fee, and Insurance Fees). Mail the check(s),  a printout of this form, and a photocopy of the check to the address below:

American Immigration Council 
P.O. Box 759466 
Baltimore, MD 21275-9466 

If you need to overnight check payment, please use a courier service such as FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.. Using the U.S. Postal Service may result in delays. Mail payment to:

American Immigration Council
ATTN: Lockbox 759466
7175 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046