Global Current Orientation. Welcome to your J-1 Trainee/Intern Program. Purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
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Welcome to your
J-1 Trainee/Intern Program
J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
The J-1 Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States (U.S.) and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges, under the provisions of U.S.law. Exchange Programs provide an extremely valuable opportunity to experience the U.S. and our way of life, thereby developing lasting and meaningful relationships.
Exchange Visitor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Follow all U.S. laws and customs; do not do anything you would not do back in
your home country.
It is very important that you keep this document safe, as it will be needed to enter and exit the U.S. Global Current’s replacement fee for lost DS-2019’s is $100.
This is your training plan. It outlines the objectives, tasks, and methods of evaluation for each phase of your training.
Your J-1 Visa*
Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record
This is needed for your Social Security Application and will be retained by USCIS when you depart the U.S. You will be issued a new I-94 each time you enter the U.S. Replacing this document can be very expensive so do not lose it.
Make a photocopy of your passport, J-1 Visa, DS-2019, and your I-94 card. Should you lose your original paperwork, these will be sufficient while you wait for replacements.
* Special Notice for Canadian Citizens
You are not required to apply for a visa prior to traveling to the U.S. At the time of immigration inspection, you should request to enter the U.S. with a J-1 Visa. You must also request an I-94 form. Be sure J-1, D/S is written clearly on your I-94 and your DS-2019 is signed by the immigration official.
Now that you have arrived and started your internship or training program with your host company, you will be required to complete… more forms!
Please note that you must wait 10 days after you submit your Program Validation Form (PVF) to Global Current to apply for your Social Security card.
For more detailed instructions on how to complete these forms and what to bring to the Social Security Office, please see your program handbook.
Adapting to life in the U.S. may be difficult for some visitors. You will be surprised to find that the U.S. does not often reflect the America portrayed in television and movies. It is a large, complex, and diverse country with distinct regional identities. As such, some concepts may be quite different from what you expect, such as:
For a more detailed discussion of each of these topics, please refer to your program handbook.
While your program will be new and exciting, it is not unusual to experience some form of culture shock as you adjust to your new surroundings. Common symptoms may include:
Depending on where you reside in the U.S., there will generally be numerous transportation options available to you:
American cities have a wealth of public services and resources that are often free and offer valuable information and activities. They include:
apartments, furniture, events, etc.
event guides for several major cities
Global Current recommends that you open a bank account while in the U.S. A local bank account will enable you to easily access your stipend payments and other funds. When opening an account, it is important to remember to bring all of the following:
The U.S. can be an expensive place to live depending on where in the country you are based. With some fiscal planning, you should have little trouble getting by on your stipend or personal funds wherever you are. Please note that cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington D.C. are particularly expensive.
Global Current encourages you to take advantage of your free time in the U.S. by exploring our diverse range of cultural, architectural, and national attractions. Our country has no shortage of things to see and do……
Some useful websites when booking travel are:
Traveling within the United States……
The U.S. does not have a centralized tourist board. Each of our 50 states and territories have their own individual tourist board. The website for each state and territory can be found at the following link:
An excellent time to explore the U.S. is during the 30‐day grace period that J-1 exchange visitors are granted after the last day of their training or internship, before they return to their home country.
If you plan on visiting your home country, or traveling outside the country during your program, you MUST meet the following requirements before re-entering the U.S……
As a Global Current/AIESEC U.S. sponsored J-1 exchange visitor, you are provided with health coverage.
Within the welcome packet sent to you, you will receive an insurance card and a brochure explaining what treatment is covered under the insurance plan.
Please note that upon receiving treatment, a claim form must be completed and sent with the original itemized bills to the claim administrator within 90 days. Contact information for the claims administrator is provided on the back cover of your informational brochure.
Please DO NOT send claims to Global Current.
For further information on your coverage, please consult the brochure provided to you within your Global Current welcome packet.
Please dial our emergency hotline for assistance during non-business hours:
+1 (917) 325-4323
Global Current is available to assist !!!
During regular business hours, please call us at:
+1 (212) 757-3774
U.S. Department of State
Office of Exchange Coordination & Designation
ECA/EC/PS – SA-44, Room 734
301 4th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20547
Phone: (202) 203-5096
E-Mail: [email protected]
Global Current/AIESEC United States, Inc.
Responsible Office (RO)
Phone: (212) 757-3774, Ext. 245
E-Mail: [email protected]
Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)
Phone: (212) 757-3774, Ext. 240
E-Mail: [email protected]
127 W. 26th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Regular Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Eastern Time
We look forward to hearing from you !!!
Global Current is committed to making sure your experience in the U.S. is as stress-free and enriching as possible. From the day you arrive in the U.S. through the day you return home, our staff is here to assist you when needed.
We hope that the time you spend in the U.S. will be one of the most rewarding periods of your professional career.
Feel free to visit us if you are in New York City !