J-1 Visa

J1 Visum


What is the Exchange Visitor Program?

One can only apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa for an internship/training in the United States by submitting the DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility at a U.S. Consulate in your home country.

The German American Chamber of Commerce New York (GACC) is a non-profit organization, officially authorized by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to issue the DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility to interns/trainees.

 

 

Overview

What is the Exchange Visitor Program?

One can only apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa for an internship/training in the United States by submitting the DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility at a U.S. Consulate in your home country.

The German American Chamber of Commerce New York (GACC) is a non-profit organization, officially authorized by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to issue the DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility to interns/trainees. With the issuance of the DS-2019, the GACC operates as the sponsor of the participants during their entire stay in the U.S.

The issuance of the DS-2019 and thus participation in the J-1 visa program of the GACC is subject to various conditions imposed by the DOS and internal rules of the GACC. The GACC is offering their J-1 Visa Program in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainee".

The J-1 visa is used for practical training and is only granted for:

  • temporary stays (maximum 12 months for interns and 18 months for trainees)
  • Potentially eligible for a J-1 visa are students
  • Recent graduates (up to max. 12 months after completion of studies) and young professionals

Who can apply for a J-1 Visa?

A J-1 Visa can be issued to students, recent graduates and young professionals. The GACC-NY is designated for the J-1 visa categories "Intern" and "Trainee".

The maximum duration of a J-1 visa is 12 months for an internship and 18 months for a training.

General requirements for all applicants:

  • All applicants must have a good command of the English language.
  • The internship/training must also have a clear relation to the applicant's study program and must be highly relevant to the future career development of the applicant.

Information about the J-1 Visa Process

Please follow the application process step by step and read through everything very carefully. Also, before you start gathering materials for your application, be sure to read through our important advice.

Once we have all the correct documents from you and your host company, your application will be considered complete and we will begin processing your application for a DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility.

The download area can be found here.

For the FAQs please click here.

Service Fees

Intern

PeriodGACC Visa Fee
Up to 3 months$700
4 to 6 months$800
7 to 9 months$900
10 to 12 months$1000

Trainee

PeriodGACC Visa Fee
up to 3 months$900
4 to 6 months$1200
7 to 12 months$1500
13 to 18 months$1700
Priority Processing
DS-2019 issued within 2-5 business days after receipt of completed paperwork - non-refundable.

(Please note that, due to high demand, this service is not always available.)
$500
Late Priority Processing
Application was completed less than 2-3 weeks prior to the start date of internship, thus needs to be processed within 48 hours - non-refundable.
+$200

Refund Policy:

In the event of a program cancellation, the following refund policy will be in effect:

  1. If a J-1 visa application has been submitted, but the DS-2019 has not yet been issued to the participant, the J-1 Visa regular service fee will be refunded minus a $200 administrative fee.
  2. Once the DS-2019 has been issued to the participant, only 50% of the J-1 Visa regular service fee will be refunded.
  3. If a participant has already received the J-1 Visa from a U.S. Consulate, no refund of the regular service fee will be given.
  4. If the DS-2019 has been issued to the participant, but the J-1 visa was denied by the U.S. Consulate, only 50% of the J-1 Visa regular service fee will be refunded.
  5. If the DS-2019 has been issued to the participant, none of the priority processing fees will be refunded.