Read about expectations American companies must meet in order to host an international, including their rights and obligations.
The most basic criteria is that the company should have at least 4 full-time employees (that are on the payroll) and be able to provide a Workers Compensation Policy. If it has less than 25 full-time employees (or less than $3 Million in annual revenue), it will require a Site Visit. There is also a minimum ratio between full-time employees and number of J1 Visa participants.
For more detailed information, read our article about the Eligibility Requirements for an American Company to Host a J1 Participant.
However, there are exceptions, so be sure to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unlike other J1 Visa Sponsors
is a free service
for the Host Company
- so it does not have to pay any fees. This is to encourage American companies to hire internationals
. The company must only provide a stipend
(salary) for the participant as regulated by the Department of State
The J1 Visa Sponsor
must conduct a Site Visit of Host Companies
that have not previously participated successfully in the Sponsor's
program and that have less than 25 employees and/or less than $3 million in revenue. The Site Visit
is scheduled with the company once all the documents have been collected from either side (Host Company
and J1 applicant
) and aims to ensure the work environment is appropriate, the location area is safe and well-connected, that the office is equipped to take in an international, that the supervisor and/or team is able to provide adequate mentoring and training and other such important criteria to guarantee a successful and beneficial Internship
/ Training Program
for the J1 visa applicant
The process of verifying a U.S.-based company to become a Host Company
is very simple and fast. Architect-US
communicates with the Host Company
directly to gather the documents and help with any doubts about them:
1. A valid Workers Compensation Policy
/ Certificate of Liability Insurance
2. The Host Company Agreemen
t (that we will send them to sign).
3. The DS-7002 Internship
/ Training Placement Plan
(that we will send them to fill out).
4. Any supporting marketing material
(company portfolio, brochures, articles, etc.)