Required Fees + ServicesProgram, insurance, and SEVIS I-901 fees are mandatory for all programs. Fees are per participant and based on program length and participant status.
J-1 Intern and Trainee Program FeesThis 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.
|Up to 3 months|
Up to 6 months
Up to 12 months
Up to 18 months
*Students are defined as currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program outside the United States.
Health Insurance: $70 per monthAll 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 $70 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.
Participants enrolled in the standard plan on or after September 6, 2017 have a new benefit: 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: $180The 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
New Host Company: $300All 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.
Travel Validation: $30All 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: $100This fee applies whenever we need to replace or amend your DS-2019 Form.
Program Extension: variesThis fee applies if you request to extend the length of an active program.
|Program Extension Length||Fee|
|Up to 3 additional months|
3 to 6 additional months
over 6 additional months
|Expedited program extension: If an 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 Fee: $750This 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): $588/monthThis 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 both J-1 and J-2 participants.
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.
Expedited Fees + Services – if applicableAll complete applications are processed in 20 business days or less. Need it done faster? Our expedited service guarantees that a completed application is evaluated within five business days. To take advantage of this service, check the box next to ‘expedited service’ on the participant or host company application form.
Expedited Service: $1,350Five business day processing for complete applications.
Expedited Site Visit: $1,350This fee applies to any new company that requests the required site visit to take place within five business days of application submission.
Refund PolicyRefunds 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 prior to approval decision||Refund— Embassy denial or program cancellation post-approval decision|
|Insurance Fee||$70/mo||100% (minus admin fee)**||varies**|
|New Employer Fee*||$300||0%||$0|
|Expedited Application Review*||$1350||0%||$0|
|Expedited Site Visit*||$1350||0%||$0|
|Dependent Insurance||$588/mo||100% (minus admin fee)**||varies**|
*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.