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J1 Trainee Exchange Visitor Program

General Information

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How does a Company Qualify for the Program?

The Trainer Company must become a corporate member of the American Australian Association and provide a program for the trainee that will enhance his/her career upon return to their home country.

How does a Trainee Qualify for the Program?

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old and there are no nationality restrictions.
  • All trainee candidates must have a post-secondary degree or professional certificate and one year's experience in his or her field outside the United Sates or five years of work experience outside the United States in the proposed field of training.
  • All trainees must have fluency in the English language
  • The American Australian Association must conduct adequate candidate screening. An interview can be conducted either in person or via telephone or video conference.

What Fields Can Be Covered By The Program?

The Program covers a wide range of fields, including:

  • Arts and Culture;
  • Management, Business, Commerce and Finance;
  • the Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and the Industrial Occupations;
  • Information Media & Communications; and
  • Public Administration and the Law.

What are the Responsibilities of the Participating Companies?

To comply with the terms of the Program, participating companies must:

  • Demonstrate their financial ability to pay the trainee an adequate salary, and ensure that trainees have appropriate sickness and accident insurance coverage. (The American Australian Association Program provides access to a policy which complies with these requirements).
  • Expose trainees to a variety of cross-cultural activities
  • Provide trainees with appropriate information materials in advance of their arrival in the U.S.
  • Monitor the program and the welfare of trainees.

The American Australian Association is required to conduct site visits of host organizations if the company has fewer than 25 employees or less than $3million in annual revenue.

Membership in the American Australian Association is a prerequisite for Program participation. Please note that the Visitor Exchange program is managed and administered by the American Australian Association. Correspondence concerning the program should be sent directly to the Association attention Frances Cassidy, 50 Broadway, Suite 2003, New York, NY 10004.

J1 visa enquiries may be emailed to J1visa@aaanyc.org or phone 212 338 6860 ext 203