J-1 / VIE Visa Program

    Want to host a J-1 Trainee / VIE?

    Want to join the spirit of international exchange?

    Want to work for an American company?

    A business opportunity for young professionals

    Exchange visitors gain practical experience, knowledge, linguistic competency, and cross-cultural skills critical to leadership in today's international business community. FACC members have the opportunity to add bright young professionals to their business operations and to strengthen their connections to overseas markets. All procedures will be easier with the FACC.

    What is the J-1 / VIE Visa Program?

    A foreign candidate with the offer of an internship or training program from an eligible company in the United States may apply for J-1 / VIE visa at the American Embassy in Paris. The J-1 / VIE visa allows participants in our program to come to the United States for up to 12 months as Interns or for up to 18 months as Trainees for full-time exchange programs at eligible FACC member companies.

    How to proceed?

    The French-American Chamber of Commerce (New York Chapter) is a designated U.S. State Department sponsor of the Exchange Visitor Program. 

    • Companies Requirements: 

    - The host company must be a member of the FACC Florida. To become a member click here.
    If your are already a member, please contact the FACC New York at icdp@faccnyc.org or by phone at 212-867-0123 to define which program is right for your intern.
    - At least 3 full-time permanent employees on-site
    - At least 2 American citizens or Green Card holders in the company
    - Have sufficient structure and a dedicated manager on-site to provide proper supervision for the V.I.E.
    - Develop an eligible Form DS-7002 Training/Internship Placement Plan

    The number of J-1 visa candidates hosted must respect the following ratios:
    - For small companies (up to 12 full time-employees), one J-1 visa candidate for every three full-time and on-site employee.
    - For larger companies, the number of J-1 visa candidates must cost exceed 10% of total staff


    The company will need to send the FACC NY the following documents:

    Documents required from the host company

    • Proof of FACC Membership in their local Chapter Payment of FACC Administrative Fee of

    1. $1,000 for an internship between 1 and 12 months in duration
    2. $1,500 for an internship between 12 and 18 months in duration

    • Verification of Company Worker's Compensation Insurance Policy

    Documents required from the J-1 / VIE visa applicant

    • Photocopy of the first 10 pages of a valid passport
    • Copy of resume/CV in English
    • Proof of previous work experience/internships
    • Documented proof of English language ability (TOEFL or TOEIC score) if available
    • Form Medical Insurance Certification

    In addition, the candidate should enroll in one of the pre-approved J-1 / VIE Visa insurance providers below:

    • Compass Benefits Group
    • Chartis
    • International Medical Group (IMG)
    • MGEN
    • ACE
    • April Mobilité

    Send the documents to the FACC New York by regular mail or express courier service like FedEx or Chronopost.

    • Candidates: once you have found your host company please contact the FACC New-York at icdp@faccnyc.org or by phone at 212-867-0123 to define which program is right for you.

    All procedures are detailed on the website of the FACC New York.


    Download the VIE / J1 Orientation Guide 2014 to have more information.

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