Mandatory Fees for All Applicants:

Individual Trainee or Intern Program Fee: $1450

Application Review Fee (non-refundable): $450

SEVIS Fee:* $180

Sickness and Accident Insurance (optional): $57/month per person

Additional Fees (if applicable):

Dependent Fee (flat fee for all J-2 dependents): $400

Expedited Fee: $900

Host Site Verification Fee:** $500 ($250 refundable if the application is not accepted)

Program Extension Fee: $300

Replacement DS-2019 (if original is lost or destroyed): $50

* 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 Verification 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 revenuel.

NOTE: All applications will be reviewed within five (5) business days. We no longer offer expedited service.


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 A portion of the Host Site Verification fee is refundable—if application is withdrawn after a host site visit is completed, fifty percent of the host site cost will be refunded.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