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8 main things included in Architect-US J1 Visa Program

Like any other program that you would join, it is important that you are aware of the fees and what is included in the service that you are paying for. That way you feel secure about the costs, and also so you can use everything to your benefit. Similarly, you should also be aware of the things which are not covered, that way you can make informed decisions and plan ahead for any other unforeseen costs that may need to be considered as well. Here at Architect-US we do everything we can to offer you the most competitive prices within the market so that we can provide you with the best experience possible during your stay in the U.S.. So that it is easier for you, here we provide you with a list of the things that the program fees cover and those which are not covered:

Program Fees DO cover:


Compensated Internship position

Once you form part of the Architect-US Job+J1 program, we will be sending you exciting offers via which you have to respond to so that we know whether or not to include you in the process. Once we present your profile to the company are then in constant communication with them and keep you updated in the process. We always make sure that you position is adequately compensated for you qualifications and with the consideration of the market salary.

Expert advice throughout the entirety of the process

We provide you with tools and tips that will maximize the potential of your CV and Portfolio and help you with any questions that you may have along the way. We also give you recommendations that you may need given different company profiles and arrange interviews, calls, and any exchange that you may need with the prospective host company.

J-1 Visa sponsorship application processing

We cover the issuance and shipping of the DS-2019 Form and acceptance packet. We also provide you with guided instructions from the beginning of the process all the way to the scheduling of the embassy interview.

Accident and Sickness Insurance

This is a frequently asked question my many of our program applicants. So, it is good to know that we do provide you with insurance for the entirety of the program duration.

Sevis fee

There is a mandatory SEVIS fee of $180 which is for the online system used to maintain information on the J1 and J2 Visa holders. It is the Student and Exchange Visitor system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Informative Dossier

This includes information on how to open you bank account, finding housing, important information on the Social Security number, taxes, and other important information that will help you upon arrival in the States.

24h support

During your stay you are provided with 24-hour emergency support in the case that you have been in accident or need assistance of any kind.

English Interview

There is a mandatory English interview which we must conduct as part of regulations. We test you ability and fluency in English to make sure that you English level is acceptable for the standards of the American office.


Program Fees DO NOT cover:


Embassy/Consulate Fee

You will have to pay a $160 application fee.

Site Visit

Every Host Company which has less than 25 employees or has less than 3 million dollars in revenue are requested to complete a site visit. Here they assess different criteria to make sure that the office provides the candidate with a professional environment, a structured training plan, ability to offer constant supervision, safety, the availability of housing and transportation, and many other aspects that ensure a safe and educative environment for you.

DS-2019 Expedite Issuance Service

This refers to a request for a new or extension of the DS-2019 Document in a shorter amount of time in the case of an emergency.

Airfare tickets

The airfare tickets to get you to the states will have to be covered by you.

Cost of Living

Before your departure we will provide you with helpful information on the costs of living and housing in your area. However, those costs will have to be covered by you. It is up to you to find the apartment of your choice and one which is in the price range that you are looking for.



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