Train USA Costs and Fees

Cultural Vistas is dedicated to remaining an affordable option for international students and professionals, as well as host companies seeking to bring international perspectives into their organizations. Please contact our Global Talent Development Team for more information regarding services and fees.

Required Fees + Services
Program, insurance, and SEVIS I-901 fees are mandatory for all programs. Fees are per participant and based on program length and participant status. For more information, please contact our Global Talent Development Team at

J-1 Intern and Trainee Program Fees

This fee covers the evaluation and administrative support Cultural Vistas provide through the applicant and host company application process; the issuance of visa sponsorship documents; orientation and resources provided to participants in preparation for their arrival to the U.S.; maintenance of the participant’s SEVIS record and on-going support throughout the training program; services including a 24 hour hotline available to participants and resources for filing appropriate tax forms; cultural activities organized in major U.S. cities; and more.

Health Insurance

Participants are required to have insurance through Cultural Vistas. We offer two options for individual health insurance as well as a family plan that covers the J-1 Intern/Trainee and accompanying family members on the J-2 visa.


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.

Additional Fees + Services
These may be required, please contact for more information.

New Host Company

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 your company is reputable; to make certain your company meets the standards that are outlined by U.S. Department of State for all J-1 Visa host companies; and to guarantee that you understand your responsibilities as a U.S. host company 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 new company fee again. This fee is non-refundable and cannot be paid by the participant. For more information, please contact the Cultural Vistas Global Talent Development Team at

Travel Validation

All participants who plan to travel outside of the United States (not required for travel to Canada or Mexico) during their programs must send their DS-2019 Form to Cultural Vistas to be approved for travel.

DS-2019 Replacement

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

Program Extension

This fee applies if you request to extend the length of an active program.

J-2 Fee

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.

J-2 Health Insurance (Family)

This fee applies if the J-2 dependents wish to purchase insurance through Cultural Vistas and plan to arrive within 2 months of the J-1. This plan covers the J-1 participant and their J-2 dependents.

Please note that all J-1 Visa applicants must pay a fee 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.

Expedited Fees + Services
If applicable

All complete applications are processed in four weeks or less. Need it done faster? Our expedited service guarantees that a completed application is evaluated within five to ten business days. To take advantage of this service, check the box next to ‘expedited service’ on the participant or host company application form.

Refund Policy

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 Refund—
Cultural Vistas rejection, or withdrawal prior to approval decision
Embassy denial or program cancellation post-approval decision
Program Fee 50% $0
SEVIS Fee 100% $0
Insurance Fee 100% (minus admin fee)** varies**
New Employer Fee* 0% $0
Expedited Application Review* 0% $0
Expedited Site Visit* 0% $0
Dependent 100% $0
Dependent Insurance 100% (minus admin fee)** varies**
Extension 0% 0%
Forms Replacement N/A N/A

*If the expedited review, site visit, or new employer vetting has not been completed a partial refund may be possible. **Insurance may only be refunded prior to entering the United States.