Cultural Vistas is designated by the U.S. Department of State as a J-1 visa sponsor for the Intern and Trainee categories. Host companies are expected to provide participants with meaningful training experiences that enhance professional skills and provide insight into American business practices and culture. 

In order for Cultural Vistas to consider extending sponsorship to your participant, an application is needed from the Host Company and Exchange Visitor which outlines the details of your program and the career experience of the participant.  Should the program be approved, Cultural Vistas will issue the government documents needed by the participant to appear for their in-person visa interview at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad where they formally submit the visa application to the U.S. government.

Process for 2015 Internship Start Dates

For internships starting in January 2015 or later, Cultural Vistas will evaluate all complete* applications for J-1 sponsorship according to the below application windows. This means you should submit your application during the window that corresponds with your start date.

Applicants who are accepted into our program will receive Form DS-2019 at least one month in advance of their internship start date. Incomplete applications and applications received after the window has closed will be evaluated within the next window. Applicants who need a sponsorship decision sooner than the below application windows may elect our expedited service for an additional fee.

* A complete application consists of the following:
  • Online Train USA Exchange Visitor Application AND all required supporting documentation
  • Signed and completed Host Company Application
Internship Start Date
Application Window
January Sept. 1, 2014 – Oct. 24, 2014
February Oct. 1, 2014 – Nov. 21, 2014
March Nov. 3, 2014 – Dec. 19, 2014
April Jan. 5, 2015 – Feb. 13, 2015
May Jan. 19, 2015 – Feb. 27, 2015
June March 2, 2015 – April 10, 2015
July April 13, 2015 – May 22, 2015
August May 4, 2015 - June 12, 2015
September June 1, 2015 – July 10, 2015
October July 6, 2015 – Aug. 14, 2015
November Aug. 3, 2015 – Sept. 11, 2015
December Sept. 7, 2015 - Oct. 16, 2015

Consular processing can take 2-4 weeks once Cultural Vistas has approved your application. 

Before you begin an application, please review the information below to determine your eligibility:

Host Company Requirements
Training Plan & Site Visits
During the Program
Services & Fees
Frequently Asked Questions

To apply to become a host company, please follow the appropriate link below:

New Host Companies   Existing or former clients