J-1 VISA PROGRAM OF THE SPAIN-U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce New York (SUSCC) is a non-profit organization, officially authorized and designated 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 SUSCC operates as the legal sponsor of the participants during their entire stay in the U.S.
The SUSCC offers its J-1 Exchange Visitor Program in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainee". The J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa is used to bridge formal education and work-based training and is only granted for temporary stays (maximum 12 months for interns and 18 months for trainees).
The SUSCC can assist companies, as well as interns and trainees who have independently secured training programs in the United States and need sponsorship in obtaining the J-1 Visa. The application process requires the participation of both the training entity and the trainee or intern.
General requirements for all applicants:
General requirements for host companies:
To begin the process, the Chamber must receive the following documents duly completed and signed. Once we have all correct documents from the candidate and the host company, the application will be considered complete and we will begin processing your application for a DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility.
Host Company Documents: please click here.
Exchange Visitor’s Documents: please click here.
Health Insurance Requirements: please click here.
Emergency Information: please click here.
J-1 Via Processing Fee 1-6 months = $1,350
J-1 Visa Processing Fee 7-18 months = $2,000
J-2 Via Processing Fee = $800
Extension Fee = $400
Travel Validation (shipping not included) = $65
Reprinting Fee = $300
Site Visits - Free of charge in New York City
- For all other locations, price will be determined on a case-by-case basis
J-1 Visa Extension
It is possible to extend the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program at the host company as long as the program does not exceed a total duration of 12 months (internship) or 18 months (traineeship). Please note, however, that an extension may not simply be a continuation of the present activities and tasks. An extension is only granted under the condition that the intern/trainee will be undertaking new and more challenging tasks in the present training area or will be working on a new project. This new position must build upon the practical skills the intern/trainee has learned in his/her present position. More information can be found here.
Tel 212 967 2170