Fees and Refund Policies

Please note: effective January 1, 2024, Sickness & Accident Insurance will be $90/month per person

Mandatory Fees for All Applicants:

Program Administration Fee for Trainees & Interns $1550  
Program Administration Fee for Research Scholars $1550 for programs up to 23 months
$500/year for program 24+ months
Application Review Fee $550 An approval/denial decision will be rendered 7 business days after the webcam interview
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 $90 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 Host site visit conducted within seven business days after webcam interview
Travel Validation Fee $50 Travel validation request submited within five days of travel date
Expedited Application Review Fee $900 An approval/denial decision will be rendered two business days after the webcam interview. Submitted application must contain all required documents, signatures and reflect accurate dates.
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/I-515A Processing Fees $400 Request SEVIS reinstatement for exchange visitor out of status
Export Control Screening Fee (Research Scholar only) $150  
Consult Fee (Research Scholar only) $50  
Lecture Fee (Research Scholar only) $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 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.


Refunds will only be granted if requests are made within 30 days of a consulate rejection or program cancelation.

Application Denial

A refund for all fees will be issued excluding Application Review fee(s), and/or Expedited fee, and Host Site Visit fee(s) if site visit was conducted.

Consulate Rejection

A refund for health insurance purchased through AIC will be issued if an Exchange Visitor’s J-1 visa application is rejected by the consulate. No refunds will be issued if the exchange visitor applies again for the J-1 visa after being rejected by the consulate.

Program Cancellation

Before Arrival U.S.  – A refund will be issued for 50% of the Program Administration fee, 100% of health insurance purchased through AIC and applicable J2 dependent fees
After Arrival to U.S. – A refund for unused portion of health insurance purchased through AIC.

How do I request a refund?

If you wish to request a refund, please complete the Refund Request Form

How long does it take to get a refund? 

Your refund will be processed 2 weeks after receipt of the refund request form. Refunds are issued only to the owner of the credit card account used for payment.