Hosting a J-1 Exchange Visitor
Hosting a J-1 exchange visitor can be a rewarding experience for both the host and the participant. If you have already found an international candidate whom you wish to host at your organization, please direct them here. The first step in the application for J-1 visa sponsorship is for your international candidate to complete an online application. This allows IA&A to review their education, experience, and qualifications and determine their eligibility for the J-1 exchange visitor program.

Host companies must meet the following requirements:

  • Provide a placement with a minimum 32 hours per week and maximum 40 hours per week.
  • Structured program with daily supervision of participant.
  • Well-established company.
  • Clear, full-fledged company website.
  • Excellent industry credentials and reviews.
  • Clearly-marked commercial work and office space.
Requirements for Host Organizations
The U.S. Department of State requires hosts to provide the following information in order to host an international intern or trainee:

  • DS-7002 Training/Internship Placement Plan, completed by the participant’s primary supervisor.
  • Staff list if your company has less than 25 full-time employees.
  • Contact information for a secondary supervisor and for a Human Resources (HR) contact at the host organization. Include full name, title, email, and direct phone number for each person.
  • Certificate of Workman’s Compensation Insurance. It is not required that the policy cover the exchange program participant.
  • A site visit is required if this is the first time that IA&A will be sponsoring a participant at this host organization.
Completing the DS-7002 (Training/Internship Placement Plan)
Hosts can complete the DS-7002 electronically here. After it is completed, IA&A will send the host organization and the intern or trainee a copy to sign. A guide to completing the DS-7002 is available for hosts. Please email outreach@artsandartists.org for this guide.

Phases: There must be one phase for every 6 months of training. For example, if the training will last 18 months, there must be 3 phases.

Minimum hours: The Department of State requires that placements be a minimum of 32 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours per week.

International Arts & Artists abides by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Please follow these guidelines when preparing your placement description.

J-1 Designation
The U.S. Department of State distinguishes a J-1 trainee from a J-1 intern. Trainees have received higher education degrees and one year of work experience, or have at least five years experience in their field. Interns are currently enrolled in and pursuing post- secondary degrees, or have recently graduated. Each type of J-1 visa is limited to a certain number of months.
Expanding Your Global Network
International Arts & Artists acts as an invaluable liaison for organizations in the U.S. and international applicants from all over the world.

IA&A will work with host organizations to find qualified trainees and interns from abroad. At no charge to the host organization, we select and propose high-caliber, dedicated international trainees and interns to train in your organization, having carefully reviewed applicants to ensure a good match. You can review our screening process on this site in the “Application Process” section.

IA&A will:

  • Help you arrange interviews with qualified international candidates.
  • Transmit placement offer letters.
  • Help you complete the necessary DS-7002 Training/Internship Placement Plan.
  • Prepare Training Agreements that are signed by the applicant and the host.

IA&A also manages the applicant’s visa sponsorship process as follows:

  • Issue the Form DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility).
  • Ensure enrollment in health insurance program.
  • Provide pre-arrival orientation and information.
  • Assist as needed in case of emergency.