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which visa for internship ?

Old Jun 16th 2001, 7:46 am
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Hi, I am a British citizen hoping to do a 3/4 month internship in the Bay Area this Fall prior to starting my Masters course at a UK university in January 2002. I would like some advice on which visa would be most relevant - the J1, a Business visa or, as no money would change hands, the visa waiver?

If the J1 is the best route, who applies, me or the company who are offering the internship and what does it cost?

Any advice or directions to the best links regarding this topic would be most helpful.

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Old Jun 18th 2001, 8:52 pm
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Visa waiver (WB) only gives you 90 days. B-1 visitor for business status may be O.K.
I think you may have a problem clearing the WB or B-1 with the company with whom you
do the internship.

A lot of companies want you to be I-9-able (having employment authorization) even for
a volunteer position, because of workers' comp, liability type issues. WB and B-1 are
exactly equivalent with respect to this issue.

Also, you would have to apply for a B-1 visa in the U.K., and I don't think that
"internship" is a good phrase to use in describing your proposed activity to the U.S.
consulate. You should talk to an immigration attorney about that particular issue.

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The J-1 sponsor can charge quite a lot, I am told, sometimes a couple of
thousand dollars. But there is competition -- some agencies may charge just a
few hundred dollars.

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Here are links on J-1 trainee:

http://www.us.aiesec.org/usmain/, http://www.aipt.org/index.html,
http://www.amscan.org/training.htm, http://www.bunac.org.uk/uk/optusa/index.htm,
http://www.cdsintl.org/tous.html,
http://www.councilexchanges.org/18pl...grams/int.html,
http://www.councilexchanges.org/jobsusa/, http://www.swap.ca/english/html/internusa/
 
Old Jun 20th 2001, 3:30 pm
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Thank you for the information Sylvia, have I understood correctly that I have to go through one of these types of agencies to apply for the J1? It cannot be simply processed via the sponsoring company?

Also, I am (or will be) a mature student when I start my Masters and all these agencies seem to specify existing students, which I won't be until January or recent graduates, my Bachelor degree was taken many years ago. I do have very strong links to Europe however which clearly indicate I have no intention of staying in the US , house, business, capital etc.

I would be applying for the visa J1 or B1 through Frankfurt as I am currently resident in Germany.

thanks again,

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Old Jun 20th 2001, 5:06 pm
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If the sponsoring company has applied to the U.S. Exchange Visitor Program to become
a J-1 sponsor, and received "designation," then it can issue Form IAP-66 itself, and
simply process the J-1. Some large companies are J-1 sponsors.

See http://exchanges.state.gov/jvisa/J%2...14)/jexvp5.htm
http://exchanges.state.gov/jvisa/J%2...14)/jexvp8.htm

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http://www.cdsintl.org/pdpintro.html has a top age limit of
35. Perhaps you would be eligible for that? Even if you are older, perhaps CDS would
make an exception. The age limit is not a requirement of U.S. law or regulation.
You don't have to be currently enrolled as a student.
 

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