Services and Fees

Cultural Vistas provides personalized support to participants from the time of application throughout the Train USA program, and after returning home. As a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to remaining an affordable option for international students and professionals looking to enhance their careers while living abroad.

Fees are per participant and based on program length and participant status.

Program Length Students* Non-students
0-3 months
3-6 months
6-12 months
12-18 months
$750
$950
$1,250
N/A
$925
$1,325
$1,625
$1,825
*Students are defined as currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program outside the United States

Additional Fees & Services

Insurance: $68 per month
All participants are required to have insurance through Cultural Vistas. Cultural Vistas takes care of this compliance by enrolling all participants in our insurance. The fee is $68 per month and provides coverage from program start date to end date. Additional coverage may be purchased for the 30 day grace period before and after the program. Payment in full for insurance is due with the application.

SEVIS I-901: $180
The SEVIS I-901 fee is a federally mandated fee that supports SEVIS, an automated system that tracks exchange visitors activity in the United States. Cultural Vistas pays the fee on behalf of the exchange visitor and issues a copy of the receipt. The original receipt will be mailed directly to the participant in his or her home country a few weeks later.

Expedited Service: $1,350
Five business day processing for complete applications.

Expedited Site Visit: $1,350
This fee applies to any new company whose application is being expedited and will require a site visit as part of the application process.

New Company: $300
All companies who have either never worked with Cultural Vistas or who have not yet completed a successful training program through our organization within the past three (3) years will be required to pay a one-time registration fee. (A successful program is defined as a program during which both the mid-term and final evaluations were completed as required).

This fee covers the research Cultural Vistas does to ensure that your company is a legitimate company; to make certain that your company meets the standards that are outlined by U.S. Department of State for all J-1 visa host employers; and to guarantee that you understand your responsibilities as a U.S. host employer to a J-1 visa holder (this includes training, supervision, evaluations to be completed by trainee and supervisor, etc). Once your company has hosted a successful training program, your registration is considered complete and you will not have to pay the mandatory new employer fee again. This fee is non-refundable and cannot be paid by the participant.

A phone interview will be scheduled with new companies once we receive your completed application form.  Please note that processing does not begin until the phone interview is completed and the participant application is received.  Therefore, expedited requests from new companies will be reviewed within 5 business days after completing the phone interview and receiving the host and participant application.

Travel Validation: $30
All participants who plan to travel outside of North America during their programs must have their DS-2019 Form validated for travel.

DS-2019: $100
This fee applies whenever we need to replace or amend your DS-2019 Form.

J-2 Fee: $750
This is the application fee for issuance of the DS-2019 Form for dependents of J-1 applicants.
Extensions are available on a case by case basis.

Please note that all J-1 visa applicants must pay a fee of $160 to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where they interview for the visa. Canadian citizens are exempt from scheduling an interview and paying this fee.

Refunds
Refunds will be issued only to the party who paid the fee.  Cultural Vistas reserves the right to withhold additional monies or refuse a refund request.

Fee Type

Fee
Amount

Refund—
Cultural Vistas Rejection or Withdrawal Before Decision

Refund—
Embassy Denial, Cancellation or Approved Refund Request

Administration fee

varies

50%

$0

SEVIS fee

$180

100%

$0

Insurance fee

$68/mo

100%
(minus admin fee)**

100%
(minus admin fee)**

New Employer Fee*

$300

0%

$0

Expedited Application Review*

$1350

0%

$0

Expedited Site Visit*

$1350

0%

$0

Dependent

$750

100%

$0

Dependent insurance

$575/mo

100%
(minus admin fee)**

100%
(minus admin fee)**

Extension

$550

N/A

N/A

Forms Replacement

$100

N/A

N/A

*If the expedited review, site visit, or new employer vetting has not been completed a partial refund may be possible.
**Unused insurance will be refunded minus per month administration fee for months not already billed to Cultural Vistas.