J1 Internship or J1 Training? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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J1 internship or J1 training? It used to be that these two terms meant the same thing and were used interchangeably. In normal non-J1 life it is still the case. In the J1 world, changes started happening few years back when the US Department of State made laws that strictly divided younger, less experienced candidates (interns) from older, more experienced applicants (trainees).

So, if you plan on coming to the United States to gain professional experience on a J1 visa, it’s very important for you to know the difference between J1 internship and J1 training and plan accordingly. We made this J1 infographic for you to learn which J1 work experience program works best for you.

This way, be it J1 internship or J1 training, you’ll know the pros and cons of each and will be able to quickly figure out which J1 program you are eligible for right now and, if you are not yet eligible, what steps to take to be able to take part in the program in the near future.

More importantly, the new Department of State rules state that J1 internship and J1 training is not just a once in a lifetime opportunity but rather something you can repeat (read: you can keep coming back to the US for more training) but more on that in later posts. Happy travels and J1’s to you and if you have any questions about any of this, we are here.

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One Response
  • Otabek
    Jan 1, 2015

    Hii Tanya, I am just gonna paste the email I sent to a sponsor organization.. I hope you dont mind and reply.
    Hi,
    My name is Otabek and I am an alumnus of FLEX’09 (with PAX sponsor organization) and Summer Work and Travel USA’12(with you) exchange programs.
    I have recently graduated from university and came back to US to spend some time around christmas with my host family and visit some graduate schools. Unexpectedly, I have been offered an internship, more like a training program by an american company that works for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. They are specialized in marketing that I majored in college and gained some work experience through international companies in Uzbekistan. I really want to take advantage of the american training program as it is going to help my future career back home or even to get into a great graduate program in the US.
    I understand that I need a sponsor organization in order to apply for J-1 training or internship program. Therefore, could you please be sponsor or at least provide more information about applying to your program, eligibility requirements, fees and approximate processing time? Please note that I am on B1/B2 visa, have my health insurance and my future employer wants this process to be completed as soon as possible. Thank you for your consideration and support beforehand! Happy holidays!

    Regards,

    Otabek.

    Otabek Jan 1, 2015

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