The first step in the process is to find an internship with a U.S. host company. Once you have agreed with your host company on the duration, content, and compensation for your internship, you may apply to the Train USA program. Please note that Cultural Vistas cannot find an internship placement for you as part of the Train USA program.
After submitting your online application request, a Cultural Vistas representative will grant you access to the online application form. You may then upload all relevant documents, such as university transcripts, proof of English language ability, and information on your host company in the U.S.
The Train USA team will inform both you and your host company of the necessary supporting documents and fees that must be submitted. Upon receipt of these documents and fees, Cultural Vistas will conduct a formal review of the applications to ensure the internship will be beneficial for both you and the host company and that the internship meets the J-1 Visa requirements.
Once your program is approved, Cultural Vistas Inc. will issue the necessary visa documents (including the DS-2019). These documents will be shipped to you via expedited carrier, at which point you may schedule and attend your visa interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy. The final decision on whether you will receive is visa is at the discretion of the U.S. Consulate or Embassy.
Each participant receives an orientation packet with information on applying for the visa, program rules and expectations, as well as useful information and resources for living in the U.S. Cultural Vistas also organizes a wide range of additional cultural activities and events. Your J-1 Visa allows you to remain in the U.S. for up to 30 days before or after your internship, so that you can travel and get to know the many different sides of the country.