The Exchange Visitor Program

Are you a French company or a U.S. company doing business with France? Let the VIE Program + J-1 visa package facilitate your HR needs.

What is the Exchange Visitor Program?

The Exchange Visitor Program encourages cultural exchange by allowing exchange visitors to come to the United States for up to 12 months as Interns or up to 18 months as Trainees to participate in full-time, paid, practical training programs at eligible FACC member companies. These programs are extremely beneficial for both candidates and host companies and serve to further understanding and diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the world. Our candidates gain valuable experience in fields as diverse as finance, engineering, law, communications and tech, while our host companies get the benefit of top international talent while helping to train the leaders of tomorrow. In addition to professional experience, the FACC coordinates year-round American cultural events for our J-1 Exchange Visitors, promoting American cultural exposure and networking opportunities nationwide.

In order to host an Exchange Visitor, companies must adhere to certain structural requirements in order to ensure that the intern or trainee is adequately supervised, in accordance with the mission of the Exchange Visitor Program. Additionally, the host company must maintain a minimum of an Active Level Membership in their local FACC Chapter. Consult additional details on eligibility and fees or contact the FACC New York Chapter to discuss.

The FACC as Your Visa Sponsor

The FACC New York Chapter facilitates the application process and provides assistance throughout the program for all FACC chapters. After carefully reviewing a candidate’s qualifications, experience and motivations, they determine whether the candidate is eligible for the program and, if so, issue the Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019) to allow the application to proceed to the next step: visa issuance at the American Embassy.

Their International Career Development Programs (ICDP) team’s industry-leading processing times ensures the visa process is fast and seamless. Each application receives a dedicated, bilingual (English and French) Account Manager who follows the process from start to finish. The FACC-NY is the only sponsor dedicated to the French-American business community and maintains strong relationships with U.S. and French government officials. They facilitate the connections between our member companies and qualified candidates.

For general information about the FACC J-1 visa program, please contact the FACC International Career Development Programs Department at +001 (212) 867-0123 or [email protected].

Are you a company interested in applying for the Intern or Trainee Exchange Visitor Program? In addition to adhere to certain structural requirements, you must be an active corporate member to be eligible to host exchange visitors in Michigan.

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