Host Company Requirements
A Host Company should meet following requirements:
- Have an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Have Workman’s Compensation Insurance
- Provide continuous training and supervision
- Write a Training/Internship Placement Plan, DS-7002
- Be a member of a SACC Regional Chamber or paid Non-member fee
- Agree to a site visit if has fewer than 25 employees or less than $3M in annual revenue. (Academic institutions and federal, state or local governments are exempt from site visit requirement.) SACC-USA policy is a minimum of 5 full-time employees.
Areas of Training
SACC-USA is a designated J-1 visa sponsor in the following areas of training:
Management, Business, Commerce & Finance, the Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, Industrial Occupations, Public Administration and Law.
An intern/trainee may receive compensation (called a stipend) from the host company. The stipend should at a minimum cover living expenses. There is no upper limit. The word “stipend” should not be confused with the Swedish word “stipendium.” A stipend is subject to U.S. federal and state income tax. The host company can also choose to pay for housing, car, travel or insurance instead of, or in addition to, a stipend.
A short training program up to six months may be unpaid.
Income Tax and Social Security
The host company should withhold income tax on behalf of the intern/trainee and provide him or her with a W-2. It is not appropriate to treat a J-1 intern/trainee as an independent contractor.
There are generally no social security or medicare taxes associated with a J-1 visa, unless the intern/trainee has lived in the U.S. for an extended period of time recently. For more information, please visit the IRS web site for International Taxpayers or contact a tax professional.
The SACC-USA visa service fees depends on the duration of the training period and cover all our administration.
0 – 3 months
Additional fees associated with a J-1 visa are an interview fee of $160 in local currency paid to the U.S. Embassy and a SEVIS fee of $180 paid to the Department of Homeland Security. These fees are usually covered by the intern/trainee.
Refund of Fees
If the host organization should withdraw from the program prior to issuance of the DS-2019, 75% of the program fee is refundable to the host company.