1. How do I find an internship/TRAINING in the U.S.?
Your chances of finding your perfect internship/training will be greatly improved by pursuing as many different options as possible from many sources. We recommend searching online job listing, establishing direct business contact with qualified host companies, and networking professionals in the U.S via Linked or other platform. If you are looking for a full placement service, AnB offers customized placement plan. Please specify you answer when you start the application. You can start your application now: https://fs2.formsite.com/MiHRc6/form2/index.html
2. What is a host company ( HC)?
A host company is the U.S. company or organization where you will be training and receiving supervision during your internship or training program. The host company is different from your visa sponsor. AnB is not your host company, AnB considers as your VISA sponsor.
3. What is the Employer Identification Number (EIN) ?
The host company must have an Employer Identification Number. An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify business entities in the USA. Please obtain EIN number before you start the application.
4. What is the Workers’ Compensation Policy?
The host company must have workers compensation insurance or proof of legal exemption. Workers compensation insurance covers workers injured on the job, whether they are hurt on the workplace premises or elsewhere, or in auto accidents while on business.
5. I've already completed an internship/training in the U.S. Can I participate in another?
Internship: You can apply for another internship. However, your Internship Plan DS-7002 needs to prove that you are not duplicating your first internship. You need to spend one additional school term/semester or, if already graduated, a minimum of 90 days outside the U.S. in between the two internships. Training: You can apply for another training after having completed an internship or training program. However, your Training Plan DS-7002 needs to prove that you are not duplicating your previous training. Also, you must wait two years before applying for a new training program. More information on https://j1visa.state.gov/
6. CAN I CHANGE MY VISA STATUS IN THE U.S.? F-1 TO J-1 AND VICE VERSA?
AnB does not support visa status changes in the U.S. The J-1 program is a exchange visitor program and all J-1 participants are expected to return to their home country at program end shared their newly gained skills. All applicants must apply for the J-1-visa in their home country or country of residence.
7. Can I change the dates for my internship/Training after I have applied for the J-1 visa service ?
Yes, you can change the dates before you arrive in the U.S. but need to inform AnB so that we can make the changes in SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) accordingly. Additional fees may apply.
8, Do I need to pay taxes for my paid internship OR TRAINING ?
Yes, if you are receiving a stipend for your internship, you will need to pay taxes. However, many exchange visitors are able to file tax returns at the end of their stay.
9. How do I find housing?
Finding an affordable place to live is one of the biggest challenges when you are abroad. As a participant, you are required to secure safe and suitable housing before you depart for USA The host company may have some housing options to suggest and provide the most reliable housing information nearby, although it is not their responsibility. You may use your resources: using the Internet, asking for suggestions from your host company, and consulting maps of the area are all important steps when searching for housing. Once you have found potential housing you must consider the following questions:
Can I afford it based on my financial status?
Is there convenient transportation to and from my host company? May I rent a car from rental company or dealer ?
Is it a safe environment to live/travel in late at night ? What is the crime rate in the community ?https://www.trulia.com/
Will it be convenient to get to my internship or training ?
Remember, although it is not required that you have housing organized for your entire Internship or training period before you leave your home country, you are required to have at least temporary housing arranged.
Notes: AnB education is not affiliated with any company listed above
10. How do I apply for a Social Security Number?
To apply for a Social Security Card, take the following items and visit your local Social Security office. You can apply for a Social Security number no sooner than 2 business days after having checked in with Intrax and receiving confirmation by email. If the Social Security Administration is NOT able to verify your status and cannot accept your application, make sure that you request an official certificate/receipt or an official letter from the Social Security Administration confirming your attempt to apply for a Social Security Card. This notice will serve as proof that you attempted to apply for your Social Security card and should be shown to your host company before beginning your program.
Social Security Application
Passport with your J-1 Visa
A copy of your Training Plan
Additional identification documents if your passport is less than one year old
To find the Social Security office nearest you:
Look in the telephone book under "Social Security Administration"
11. If I already have a Social Security number from a previous program can I still use that number?
Yes. If you have participated in an exchange program before, the Social Security number you were issued during that program will remain valid throughout your life. Therefore, you do not have to reapply for a new card. If you are unsure about your Social Security Card status, Please check with Social Security Administration. https://www.ssa.gov/
12. Do I need to apply for a Social Security Card ( SSN) even if my internship is unpaid?
If you are not receiving an internship/Training stipend, you are not required to apply for a Social Security Card. Please note, however, that a Social Security Card can be very useful even if your internship/Training is unpaid, as the card and number functions as a means of personal identification, which might help you with opening a bank account, signing a cell phone contract, obtaining internet or cable services, even renting a car, etc.
1. Can I apply for a J-1 Visa if I have not yet completed first year of university/college education?
No, unfortunately you need to wait until you have completed your first year.
2. How far in advance should I apply for the aNB J-1 Visa Service?
You can reach out to us once you have found a host company and obtained all related information- but not more than 6 months before your internship/training start date. However, As participant of J1 Intern/Trainee program, You are responsible for preparing all the important documents. Please make sure you leave enough time for you and host company to send AnB the complete documents.
Normally, we need to ask host companies to re-send documents because of missing signatures, missing documents, erroneous training plans, readability of documents and so forth. You should leave enough time for document revision.
3. Is it true that my passport needs to be valid for six months after the end of my program in the U.S.?
Passports of international applicants who wish to do a program in the U.S. need to be valid for six more months after the end of their program. However, there are few exceptions to this rule, the so-called “six-month club” –- This document on the DOS website gives a good overview of the countries where passports only need to be valid for the time participants stay in the U.S. (including a possible grace period). Some of the U.S. embassy webpages also mention this topic in their FAQ section. Please visit link for more information https://j1visa.state.gov/
4. What is the 5:1 ratio? When does it apply?
The 5:1 ratio applies if a host company is hosting more than one intern or trainee simultaneously. In case the ratio applies, your company will need to prove they have 5 full-time employees for every intern or trainee. In order to find out whether the ratio applies, we ask host companies in our first email to inform us about the number of international interns or trainees that they are currently hosting. The 5:1 ratio is an AnB policy designed to ensure that each participant receives sufficient guidance and supervision throughout the course of his or her program. If you have any concern or question about ratio, Please reach out to AnB J1 program advisor email@example.com
5. Why does anb education need to conduct an on-site visit ?
This is a Department of State requirement concerning host companies that do not have annual revenue of $3 million or a minimum of 25 employees. An AnB team member needs to ensure that the small host company can provide adequate resources and training for a true learning experience regarding business.
6. Is it possible to schedule an embassy appointment outside of my home country?
Yes, it is possible to apply for the J-1 visa at an embassy outside of your home country. However, we would recommend you to contact the embassy where you would like to apply in order to find out whether you will need to submit additional documents. Still, please note that chances for a successful visa application are best in your home country. Please advise with embassy for accurate and reliable information.
7. How do I use the Travel insurance?
Emergency If you need emergency care, go immediately to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center. If you are unable to take yourself to the emergency room or urgent care center, dial 911 immediately for assistance.
Extending Travel Insurance Coverage As a participant on the Intern/Trainee Program it is your responsibility to maintain your health insurance for the duration of your stay. Many participants choose to stay an additional 30 days in the U.S. After they have finished training. For this reason an additional four weeks of medical insurance can be purchased from AnB. This purchase can be made by contacting AnB. The purchase must be done before the program end date listed on your DS-2019 form.
Non-Emergency If you need to see a doctor but it is not an emergency you should:
Call your insurance company for a recommendation of a medical facility nearest you
Pay medical bill (in many cases you will have to pay the doctor first)
Save receipts and records
File a claim with your insurance company
Wait for the reimbursement decision
If you are going to see a doctor for a non-emergency medical problem, check your health insurance policy to make sure that type of treatment is covered. For example, most international health insurance policies limit coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and do not cover things such as general doctor visits or sexually transmitted diseases. Once accepted you can view additional insurance information provided by AnB
8. What is consulate fee?
The U.S. Consulates charge a fee for each VISA processing. The non-refundable fee is $160 USD
1. Who can apply for J-2 Visa?
Family members of a J-1 visa holder may apply for a J-2 visa.
The spouse and unmarried children (under the age of 21) may accompany the J-1 visa holder to the United States.
J-2 visa holders can stay in the U.S. as long as the J-1 visa holder remains in official valid status.
2. WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS?
A completed J-2 application form
A copy of your valid passport
A clear copy of a marriage certificate OR, if a dependent is a child, a copy of a birth certificate
If the marriage or birth certificate is not in English, an official English translation of the certificate.
AnB needs a letter from the J-1 Visa holder or his/her immediate family stating that the family possesses adequate financial resources to support themselves while on program
AnB will accept following documents:
Three of J-1 pay stubs from the preceding months if J-1 is already on program
Bank statements or financial proof from J-1, J-2 or their immediate family
A non-PO Box address where FedEx/USPS/UPS/DHL can deliver the DS 2019 form and a local phone number
1. When can I book my flight?
While we realize that airfare is the most affordable when you book your flight in advance, AnB strongly urges you not to purchase tickets until you have received your visa and passport in the mail.
2. Do I need to register myself in ESTA before my flight?
ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization
3. HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE U.S. BEFORE AND AFTER MY J1 VISA EXPIRATION DATE?
Before the internship or training You can enter the U.S. up to 30 days before your internship or training start date. After the internship or training You need to leave 30 days after completing your internship (grace period). Participants that are terminated from the program are not entitled to the grace period.
Please note that your travel insurance will cover you only until the end of your internship. For the grace period after your internship has ended, you will need to purchase additional insurance coverage.
4. What documents do I need in order to enter the U.S.?
Upon entering the U.S. foreign visitors have their two index fingers scanned and a digital photo taken to match and authenticate their travel documents at the port of entry. When you go through U.S. Immigrations you will have to provide the Immigration Officer with your stamped DS-2019 form and Passport. Make sure that you receive all documents back before you proceed to U.S. Customs.
5. Am I allowed to travel outside the U.S. during my internship?
If you would like to travel outside the U.S., you need to contact Intrax San Francisco. You will be asked to complete a Travel Validation Request Form and send it to our San Francisco office together with your original DS-2019, so that Intrax can sign on the form that will allow you to re-enter the U.S. You do not need a Travel Validation Request for trips shorter than 30 day to Canada, Mexico or the adjacent islands when the purpose of this trip is tourism.