Fees

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

APPLICATION AND PROGRAMCOSTEXPLANATION
Program Administration Fee $1550 Up to five business days
Application Review Fee $550  
SEVIS Fee* $220  
Dependent Fee $600 initial charge
$100 per additional accompanying J2
 
Host Site Fee** $500 Conduct host site within four weeks
Insurance Fee 
Sickness & Accident Insurance $70 per month per person  
Expedited Service 
Expedited Program Extension $900 For extensions requested within five business days of program end date
Expedited Host Site Visit $1400 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 $900 Complete application will be evaluated and mailed within two business days—without host site visit.
Other Fees
New Dependent Application        $250 J-2 who will be joining J-1 after program start date
DS-2019 Replacement $150 Replacement of a lost, stolen, or damage DS-2019
Program Extension $500 Extension of an existing I-1 program within the maximum program duration. 
Adjust Program Date $150 Request for program date to be changed after decision
Reinstatement Fees $400 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.  

REFUND POLICY

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 A portion of the Host Site Verification fee is refundable—if application is withdrawn after a host site visit is completed, fifty percent of the host site cost will be refunded.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.