J-1 Fees: Intern, Trainee, Research Scholar, Specialist

J-1: Program Fees Disclosure

Cultural Vistas is dedicated to remaining an affordable option for international students, professionals, and host companies seeking to bring international Exchange Visitors to their organizations. Our fee structure is outlined below. Please note that this structure is subject to change.

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.

Program Fees

The program fee covers the evaluation and administrative support Cultural Vistas provides through the participant 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.

J-1 Trainee and Intern Program Fees
Program LengthStudent *Non-Student
Up to 3 months                $900               $995
Up to 6 months                         $1,125      $1,395
  Up to 12 months $1,375       $1,695
Up to 18 months       N/A     $1,895
* Students are defined as individuals currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program outside the United States.

J-1 Research Scholars, Short-Term Scholars, & Specialists Fees
Program LengthFee
0 – 3 months$1,000
3 – 6 months$1,300
6 – 12 months$1,600
12 – 24 months$2,000
24 – 36 months$2,400
36 – 48 months$2,800
48 – 60 months$3,200
Participant Health Insurance

Participants are required to have insurance through Cultural Vistas. We offer three options for individual health insurance: Standard Lite for $60/month, Enhanced for $100/month, and Family Lite for $120/month.

Cultural Vistas’ health insurance coverage is also required for J-2 dependents. Accompanying family members on a J-2 visa may select either Standard Lite for $60/month or Family Lite for $120/month.

All Cultural Vistas’ health insurance plans include unlimited Talkspace messaging completely free of charge. Talkspace is an online therapy platform that allows users to engage in counseling with an individual licensed therapist through unlimited text, audio and video messages in a private chat room. Login instructions can be found on your My Healthcare Zone portal.

SEVIS I-901: $220

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.

Please note that all J-1 Visa applicants must pay a fee of $185 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.

Other Fees + Services
New Host Company: $300

Companies working with Cultural Vistas for the first time (or after a hosting gap of 3 years) must pay a one-time orientation fee. This fee covers vetting for eligibility and suitability and ensuring that your company meets the standards that are outlined by the U.S. Department of State for all J-1 Visa host companies. This fee is non-refundable and cannot be paid by the J-1 candidate. This is to guarantee that companies understand their 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 a company has hosted a successful training program, its registration is considered complete, and it can host subsequent programs. (A successful program is defined as a program during which both the mid-term and final evaluations were completed as required). 

Site Visits: Regular $300/Expedited $1,500

In-person site visits are required for companies with less than twenty-five full-time employees and less than $3 million in revenue. A host company can request an expedited site visit to be conducted within five days of application submission. 

Optional Expedited Processing Fee: $1,350/$1,500

All complete applications are processed in four to six weeks. Application evaluations can be completed in five or ten business days by choosing “expedited service” on the individual or host company application form. 

5 business days – $1,500
10 business days – $1,350

Travel Validation: $50

All exchange visitors traveling anywhere, excluding within the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, during their program must have their DS-2019 approved for travel.

DS-2019 Replacement: $100

This fee applies to amendments and replacement of the DS-2019 form. 

Program Extension: varies

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

Program Extension Length Fee
Up to 3 additional months$550
3 to 6 additional months$650
over 6 additional months$750
*For Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, and Specialist – $650 per 1 – 12 months extension.
Expedited Program Extension

If a program extension application is submitted fewer than 10 business days prior to the original program end date, an additional $750 expedited fee will be incurred.

J-2 Application 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. 

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 TypeRefund—
Cultural Vistas rejection,
or withdrawal prior to
approval decision
Refund—
Embassy denial or
program cancellation
post-approval decision
Program Fee50%$0
SEVIS Fee100%$0
Insurance Fee100% (minus admin fee)**varies**
New Employer Fee*0%$0
Expedited Application
Review*
0%$0
Expedited Site Visit*0%$0
Dependent100%$0
Dependent Insurance100% (minus admin fee)**varies**
Extension0%0%
Forms ReplacementN/AN/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.