With the J-1 visa, students and graduates can complete a cultural exchange program in the USA for up to 12 months by participating in an internship. However, before the internship can begin in the U.S., each global participant must select a sponsor and join a program.
We, the GACC California, are an official sponsor by the U.S. Department of State in the category J-1 Intern and Trainee. Meaning, we function as an extension of the U.S. Embassy. Our task is not only to issue the DS-2019 form but also to ensure that the agreed training objectives are achieved with the host company in compliance with official American regulations. Consequently, applicants and host companies must undergo an examination and revision process. Participants can only apply for a J-1 visa at the U.S. embassy after receiving the DS-2019 form. As your sponsor, we will guide you through the whole process – before, during and after your internship, while remaining your primary contact through the duration of the internship and stay in the U.S.
In accordance with U.S. Department of State regulations, we require all of our program participants to have appropriate travel health insurance coverage throughout their entire stay in the U.S. Therefore, a suitable travel health insurance plan is a part of our program and must be purchased through us.
The entire application and support process takes place online, by email, by telephone and via Skype. Register on our website where you can find more information about the program in your account.