Requirements & Costs

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.

Compensation

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.

Fees

The SACC-USA visa service fees depends on the duration of the training period and cover all our administration.

Training Period

0 – 3 months
4 – 6 months
7 – 12 months
13 – 18 months

Fee Members

$1,000
$1,400
$1,900
$2,200

Fee Non-Members

$1,250
$1,750
$2,375
$2,750

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.