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J-1 visa programs

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There is no restriction or limit to the compensation level of your placement, but we strongly encourage you to only accept paid training programs. It is up to you to negotiate with your employer!

The J-1 visa is mandatory, even if your training is unpaid.

Do the math : Even if the initial investment (program fees, visa fees and plane ticket) seems high compared to training opportunities in Europe, you will cover it in a short amount of time.

In 2017-2018, our participants were paid between $0 and $13 000 per month with an average of $3 060 per month.

PCT program Fee : £1929* for 12 months, insurance and SEVIS fees included
*includes the £29 SEVIS fee increase applicable to all DS-2019’s printed as of June 24th
Visa Fee (in London) : £125 (approx) – 160 USD
Total Fees : £2054

The price of your plane ticket ranging from £600 to £1000 depending on the season and destination will have to be added to the total fees above.

If you add the cost of the plane ticket to this total, it will take you between 6 to 8 weeks to cover your initial investment. Negotiate with your employer! Most employers pay for the program fees and might even cover the cost of your plane ticket, given the advantages and savings of hiring an international intern/trainee (health insurance covered by CIEE, exemption of certain taxes). Some employers might not pay your program fees upfront, but reimburse you once you start your program in the United States.