J1 Visa

J1 Visa Introduction

Through BABC's J-1 Visa Program, companies have the opportunity to bring qualified employees and/or interns (in or out of full-time eduction) into the United States – of any nationality, from anywhere in the world – in a quick, cost-effective, reliable and user-friendly way.

This service is open to any company. Exchange visitors are required to join their regional U.S. BABC chapter at a minimum entry level membership - generally a Young Professional or Individual level.

For further information on the J1 Visa program and how it can benefit your company please contact:
Catherine Filippini at membership@babcpnw.org

 

"The J-1 Visa Program enables us to bring foreign colleagues to the US for training, allowing us to fulfill our global talent ofjectives. With a dedicated program manager to guide you through the application process, the Program is a cost-effective, reliable service, which is why they have processed our J-1 visias for the last 15 years."

~Alastair Sturgis, Performance & Reward Executive, British Airways

BABC J1 (Exchange Visitor) Program FAQs

You can find your answers to frequently asked questions, as well as applications and insurance information below:

  • To provide an expedient, cost-effective way to bring qualified employees and/or interns into the US for up to 18 months of training and work experience (12 months for interns).
  • To open efficient avenues to broaden the national/cultural demographics of your staff.
  • To enhance employee recruitment and retention through offering US assignments.
  • To improve communication and understanding between US-based and overseas offices and staff.
  • Quick: can process completed applications within 5 business days
  • Cost-Effective: $1,600
  • Reliable: authorized by the US Department of State since 1986
  • User-Friendly: all administration/logistics handled personally by our BritishAmerican Business Program Administrator
  • Open: applicable to all nationalities, and to employees based anywhere in the world

The service is open to any company. Exchange visitors are required to join their regional U.S. BABC chapter at a minimum entry level membership - generally a Young Professional or Individual level.

Site visit requirement:

The purpose of a site visit is to ensure that the host organization possesses and maintains the ability and resources to provide structured and guided work-based learning experiences according to the individualized Trainee’s Placement Plan.

The site visit and screening is conducted by a designated BABC officer to satisfy the criteria from the US State Department. A site visit is required if the member company is applying to use the program for the first time.

  1. There are no age or nationality restrictions. 
  2. All trainees must be qualified to receive the training by virtue of their academic background and experience. Trainees must have either A) a degree or professional certificate from a post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S. and at least one year prior related work experience in his or her occupational field; or B) five years of work experience outside the U.S. in his or her occupational field.
  3. Executives must have the intention of continuing to do business with the member company upon completion of the training.