Thank you for your interest in the British-American Business Council's J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program (administered in partnership with BritishAmerican Business).
To participate in the J-1 Visa Program, the Host Company must:
- Have a business relationship with the U.K.
- Complete all required BAB Application paperwork for a DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, inclusive of submitting a detailed training plan in the relevant occupational field.
- Enter into an agreement with BAB to comply with BAB’s J-1 Visa Program goals and requirements and the regulations of the U.S. Department of State.
- Ensure the Exchange Visitor becomes an individual member of their local British-American Business Council (BABC) chapter for the duration of the training, in order to participate in local events.
- (If the Host company is applying to BAB’s J-1 Visa Program for the first time and has fewer than 25 employees or less than three million dollars in annual revenue) Undergo a site visit and screening by BAB in order to comply with DOS. The purpose of the site visit is for sponsors to ensure that host organizations possess and maintain the ability and resources to provide structured and guided work-based learning experiences according to the individualized Trainee/Internship Placement Plan.
The J-1 Visa Program is available to qualified Trainees and Interns who seek structured training in the following fields:
- Management, Business, Commerce and Finance;
- The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and the Industrial Occupations;
- Information Media & Communications; and
- The Law.
- Duties of Exchange Visitors as outlined in the Training/Internship Placement Plans will not involve more than 20 per cent clerical work;
- All tasks assigned to Exchange Visitors are necessary for the completion of training;
- Training/Internship programs are full-time (minimum of 32 hours a week)
- Exchange Visitors are not placed in unskilled or casual labor positions.
Each training program must conform to BAB requirements and include the following elements: (1) a statement of objectives; (2) the skills to be imparted to the Exchange Visitor; (3) detailed phases indicating training syllabus and chronology; (4) a description of how the Exchange Visitor will be supervised and evaluated.
The host company must ensure that:
Consistent with the objectives of the Fulbright-Hays Act, BAB considers cross-cultural activities as integral to the success of an EV’s experience in our program. As such, we strive to highlight the cultural aspects of each EV’s stay in the United States to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about U.S. society and culture outside of their placement; to learn about the local community in which they are placed; to share their own culture, traditions and views with Americans; and to appreciate similarities that bring people together.
Host companies must expose each Exchange Visitor to a variety of cross-cultural activities, thereby increasing their understanding of American society, culture and institutions. Activities may include sports, cultural or social events, and Exchange Visitors should be encouraged to attend functions of their local BABC organization. A one day volunteer experience is also strongly encouraged.
- All application documents should initially be submitted in draft format.
- Upon BAB approval of draft documents, please collect all signatures and submit to BAB.
- Upon submission, BAB will process final application and generate the DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility within 5 business days.
- If the final signed application is submitted to BAB less than 3 weeks prior to the program start date, a Late Priority Processing fee of an additional $200 will be assessed.
A full listing of Program Fees can be found here.
In addition to the program fees paid to BAB, applicants will be required to pay the Visa Application fee of $160 and the SEVIS I-901 fee of $180 to the U.S. government. Further information on government fees via your local embassy can be found here. Instructions on how to pay these fees will be provided with your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility.
Should the circumstance arise, it is possible to extend a training program at the current host company for up to a maximum of 12 months for interns and 18 months for trainees.
Host companies must make a case for why an extension is necessary and show how this extension will afford the Exchange Visitor an opportunity to work on more challenging tasks and projects in the designated training area.
If you are interested in applying for an extension please contact Kate Morgan for the appropriate application materials.
For specific program questions please contact BAB’s Senior Manager, Member Relations and Visa Services Kate Morgan.