Host Company Application

Host Organization Qualification and Eligibility for the J-1 Internship or Training Program


Host organizations conduct training and internship programs compliant with Exchange Visitor Program regulations according to the executed written agreement with the GIP. Host organizations will:

●     Abide by all federal, state and local labor and occupational health and safety laws, including compensation requirements and regulations.
●     Provide business registration and certificate documents.
●     Provide proof of a workers’ compensation policy or equivalent insurance that covers J-1 participants (or proof of exemption), a Federal Identification Number and either a DUNS number or copy of a business registration. 
●     Provide a professional work environment, offering no more than 20% clerical or basic work to participants in an office-type setting (home-based businesses are not permitted).
●     Be in business and operational for at least six months and have an English-language website and company-branded email addresses.

To become a Host Organization for a J-1 Trainee or Intern, an organization needs to offer:

●     A training program which runs continuously for up to eighteen (18) months, or
●     An internship program which runs continuously for up to twelve (12) months in one of the following subject fields: Information, Media, Communications, Management, Business, Commerce, Finance, the Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, Industrial Occupations, Public Administration or Law. 
●     A structured training/internship program plan (T/IPP) that must both be suitable to the intern’s/trainee’s qualifications and background, and which must be approved by GIP.
●     Bona fide on-the-job training or internship activities, such as assisting with appropriate projects.
●     Appropriate training activities that do not replace a part-time or full-time American staff member of the company.