You should not pay for a placement service. Looking for a placement or internship should only cost you time and energy. At Parenthese, no deposit is required and we help you find an employer for free. Sponsorship payment is only due if you accept a job offer and decide to send us your application, including the signed form from your employer. There is no financial risk on your side. So go ahead and explore all the opportunities that are waiting for you!
- All sponsors are responsible for providing certain services, one of which is your US Health and Accident insurance coverage. Most sponsors only cover you up to $US 100 000. Even though this amount may seem high by European standards, American hospital bills can quickly surpass it, especially in the case of serious accidents. CIEE has therefore chosen to cover all Internship and PCT participants with a million-dollar policy.
- J-1 visa rules and regulations require sponsors to complete an on-site inspection of all new hosting companies with fewer than 25 employees. We do not charge you anything for this mandatory visit. Other sponsors will invoice you between 200 and 300 Euros extra for this site visit.
This, along with the consistant quality of service and follow-up, explains the difference in pricing between Parenthese and other agencies.
Look at application procedures and time frame
- We have done our best to make your life easier. Our application does not require reference letters, original documents or expensive translations. We save you time and money by accepting applications by email and processing them the same day. You know immediately if your application is complete or not, if it can be accepted or not. No other sponsor has faster turn around times for your DS2019 & SEVIS.
- At Parenthese, a site visit will only add 48 hours to the processing time of your file compared to 2 to 6 weeks for some other sponsors.
Take the time to find out who is working on your application
Most agencies work with part-time staff or interns. The J-1 visa program is complex and requires extensive training. Parenthese staff has more experience than any other agency. We have enough information on the programs and the regulations to foresee problems and find solutions. All of our team members are hired on permanent contracts. This insures the highest quality of information given on the programs and competence in processing your application.
Take into account the follow-up and on-going contact with your sponsor
All sponsors must verify your employer in the US. During this verification time, you will have weekly updates from us regarding the status of your application. This enables you to plan ahead for your US Embassy appointment. It also allows you to get to know your employer better. You are immediately informed of any concerns with your employer or training plan. This weekly follow-up is exclusive to Parenthese.
Choose a sponsor and an agency based on reputation. CIEE is the oldest and largest sponsor of J-1 visas. Parenthese organizes over 100 conferences per year to help you find your employer. Ask your University Internship or Careers’ office who they recommend.
Choose a sponsor with a physical office. Make sure you are not just dealing with an online agency. Ideally the sponsor’s or representative’s office should be in the same city as the US Embassy in case you have any problems or questions at the last moment.
Use your common sense
Take the time to speak with the sponsor or its representative over the phone or in person. Make sure to ask all of your questions and test them on their program knowledge. The sponsor will be with you before, during and after your program. So choose wisely!