Mandatory Fees for All Applicants (Effective January 29, 2018):

Application and Program



Program Administration Fee


Up to five business days

Application Review Fee






Dependent Fee

$600 initial charge
$100 per additional accompanying J2


Host Site Fee**


Conduct host site within four weeks

Insurance Fee 

Sickness & Accident Insurance

$62 per month per person

*This fee will increase to $70/month/person on December 1, 2019*


Expedited Service 

Expedited Program Extension


For extensions requested within five days of program end date

Expedited Host Site Visit


Conduct host site visit within seven business days

Travel Validation Fee

$50 plus shipping

Travel validation request submits within five days of travel date

Expedited Program Administration Fee


Complete application will be evaluated and mailed within two business days—without host site visit.

Other Fees

New Dependent Application       


J-2 who will be joining J-1 after program start date

DS-2019 Replacement


Replacement of a lost, stolen, or damage DS-2019

Program Extension


Extension of an existing I-1 program within the maximum program duration. 

Adjust Program Date


Request for program date to be changed after decision

Reinstatement Fees


Request SEVIS reinstatement for exchange visitor out of status

* SEVIS Fee: All J-1 program participants are subject to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. Proof of SEVIS fee payment must be submitted to U.S. consular officers during the J-1 visa consular processing. To facilitate this process, the International Exchange Center collects this fee and submits it to the U.S. Government on behalf of the exchange visitor. Accepted participants will receive a receipt. To learn more, please visit the SEVIS website.

** Host Site Fee: Federal J-1 program regulations require a visit by an American Immigration Council representative to prospective host companies with fewer than 25 employees or less than $3 million in annual revenue.


Can I get a refund of fees?

Yes. Prior to the issuing of the DS-2019, the program fee, insurance, host site visit—if applicable, and the SEVIS fee are refundable. The SEVIS fee is nonrefundable after the DS-2019 is issued. A portion of the Host Site Verification fee is refundable—if application is withdrawn after a host site visit is completed, fifty percent of the host site cost will be refunded. The Application Review fee is non-refundable. We are unable to provide refunds due to rejection at the U.S. consulate. For participants enrolled in the group policy insurance, unused insurance is refundable and calculated on a whole month basis. All refunds are issued only to the owner of the credit card account or the name of the individual on the check used for payment.

How do I request a refund?

If you wish to request a refund, please send your request to the J-1 email box ([email protected]) and to the exchange visitor’s case manager detailing what you wish to have refunded.

How long does it take to get a refund?

You can expect to receive a refund from a payment made via PayPal within 2 weeks of your refund request. However, if refund is requested more than six weeks after the PayPal payment, then a check will be issued within 30 days of the refund request. You can expect to receive a refund from a payment made by check within 30 days of your refund request.