December 17, 2009

Non-immigrant Visa Application Fees May Increase

The Department of State recently published a proposed rule that would increase Non-immigrant visa application fees from $131 to $140. The proposed increase is due to the fact that the current fee does not cover the costs of visa processing and security enhancements. If this rule goes into effect, all J-1 applicants would have to pay the new fee.

For more information, visit the Department of State's website.

December 14, 2009

Finding J-1 Internships

If you are eligible for a J-1 intern program and residing outside the United States, a good way to look for internships is online at internship search sites, like Here you can find listings of hundreds of internships in your professional field. Good luck!

December 11, 2009

Low-Paid J-1 Internships

Due to current economic conditions, companies are turning more and more to unpaid or low paid internships which, “still offer the same advantages: a chance for a worker to gain knowledge and at little or no cost to the employer,”writes Hillary Chura at the New York Times website. Companies that are looking for lower cost options to add capacity on specific projects and develop talent are finding that internships are a great option.

This is good news for potential trainees and interns who may have had some trouble finding opportunities in the past. The new year could bring many more internships in a variety of fields. The fact that intern positions may offer little to no stipend should not be an issue as long as the J-1 candidate has adequate funding throughout the program, whether it be personal or from an outside source like an organization or university.

When evaluating a participant's ability to cover living costs, Global Current considers all personal and outside support, including any benefits that the company will be providing like housing or transportation. Our general rule of thumb is that a participant should have access to at least $2000 USD monthly. This may vary depending on the cost of living of the site of activity.

December 01, 2009

Use the New and Improved DS-7002

As of today, Global Current requires that all J-1 sponsorship applications are submitted with the new DS-7002. The new form along with instructions and a sample DS-7002 are included in our most current application packet.

Please note that consulates/embassies are now expecting the new DS-7002 at all J-1 Intern and Trainee interviews.

Update your files and avoid any problems at the consulate!