J-1 Program Fees and Refund Policy

GRAVITY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS FEES
REFUND POLICY
J-1 VISA PROGRAM LIVING EXPENSES
  PRICES DESCRIPTION
  SEVIS Fee Department of State Fee $220.00
  Up To 18 Months Trainee Program Fee $2,450.00
  Up To 12 Months Intern or Trainee Program Fee $1,950.00
  Up To 6 Months Intern or Trainee Program Fee $1,450.00
  Up To 3 Months Intern or Trainee Program Fee $950.00
  J-2 Visa Program Fee    
  J-2 Dependent Program Fee This is the application fee for insurance of the DS-2019 Form for the dependent of J-1 visa applicant. $500.00
  Additional J-2 Program Fee   $200.00
       
  Additional Fees + Services (these may be required)    
  New Host Company Site Visit Fee   $300.00
  Travel Validation   $30.00
  DS-2019 Replacement   $100.00
  J-1 Visa Program Extension Fees up to 3 additional months $550.00
  Please contact with GIP at least 30 day 3 to 6 additional months $650.00
  prior to the original program end date. over 6 additional months $850.00
  Host Company Transfer Fee   $350.00
       
       
  Expedited Fees + Services (if applicable)    
  Expedited J-1 Visa Processing Fee Fifteen business days processing or complete applications $1,500.00
  Expedited Host Company Validation Cost This fee applies to any new company that requests the required site visit to take place within five business days of application submission. $1,350.00
  Expedited J-2 Visa Extension Processing Fee Please contact with GIP at least 30 day prior to the original program end date. $250.00
       
  Medical and Health Insurance Cost    
  Insurance provided by TaiAn Insurance Approx. Monthly Fee $50.10
  J-2 Health Insurance (family) by month $50.10
  • All fees must be paid in U.S. Dollars.
  • Participants will be charged a Bank Wire Transfer fee of $50.00 if the participant pays any fees due to Gravity International Programs (GIP) via bank wire transfer.
  • All participants must pay a non-refundable fee of $160.00 to the U.S. Department of State when submitting a J-1 Visa application to U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Services.
  • GIP will refund the participant’s J-1 Visa program fee upon the participant’s written request before GIP issues the participant’s DS-2019.
  • The SEVIS fee is nonrefundable once GIP issues the participant’s DS-2019.
  • The participant’s J-1 Visa program fee is nonrefundable once GIP issues the participant’s DS-2019.  
  • The participant’s J-1 Visa program fee is nonrefundable if the U.S. Department of State denies the participant’s J-1 Visa application for any reason. The decision to approve or deny a participant’s J-1 Visa application is within the sole control and discretion of U.S. Department of State Visa Services, and GIP assumes no responsibility whatsoever for its decision to approve or deny a participant’s J-1 Visa application.  
  • The participant’s J-1 Visa program fee is nonrefundable after the start date of the participant’s program.
  • The participant’s J-1 Visa program fee is nonrefundable if the participant withdraws from the program for any reason.
  • The participant’s J-1 Visa program fee is nonrefundable if the Host Company or GIP terminates the participant’s program for any reason.
  • Neither the Host Company nor GIP bears any liability for any losses or damages of any kind whatsoever incurred by the participant in connection with the dismissal or termination of the participant’s J-1 Visa program. 
  • Any request for a refund of the participant’s J-1 program fee must be made in writing and submitted through GIP’s online platform.

To give you some guidance on allocating your money during your time in the U.S., please review the estimated standard expenses for a single person during a typical program in the United States. These estimates will help you to budget accordingly.

- Initial Expenses: Average transportation cost from the airport to your host city and 3 days of stay in a hotel: $350.00.

- Housing: $500 to $1,200 per month. Housing in an urban area can be very expensive, but safe, lower-cost options are always available. Plan to stay temporarily in a hotel so you can conduct your housing search in person. You can use an online service to find a roommate. Most landlords will require a security deposit equal to one month’s rent plus the first month’s rent when you sign a lease. 

- Utilities, including gas, electric, phone and internet: $150.00 per month.

- Food: $250.00 to $350 per month or more, depending on how often you cook at home or dine out.

- Transportation: $50 to $500 per month, depending on whether you use mass transit, or drive a car. Please note that you will also need car insurance if purchasing a car, which will add to your monthly cost.

- Personal Care Products: $25.00 per month

- Miscellaneous/Entertainment: $100 to $1,000 throughout your program.

Please refer the link below to calculate your estimated living expenses:
https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living

All J-1 Participants have a 30-day travel status period following the completion of their program. The grace period allows participants to travel domestically and/or to prepare for and depart from the United States. J-1 Participants are responsible for their own spending money during this time. Please note employment is prohibited during this grace period. However, J-1 Participants will be able to spend some of the money they earned during this time, if they wish. Each J-1 visa program is different, but most J-1 Participants will receive at least one check at the end of the program.