J-1 Intern Steps

Generally, this process takes about two to three months and must be completed before you arrive in the US. Keep this in mind as you consider when you might want to come to the States so you can plan ahead.

If you are applying for a J-1 Intern visa – meaning you are coming to the U.S with a placement already lined up and approved, watch the video below for an overview of the process and eligibility requirements.



For a detailed list of the steps, please review the timeline below:

Step 1: Register Your Interest

Register your interest online at rianj1.org. If eligible we will send you important information to help you prepare for the program. See below.

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Step 2: Application Preparation

Send us the following to us: a) role description from your employer, b) copy of your passport photo page, c) University letter / Degree scroll copy, d) Linkedin Profile (must connect with J-1 Network). After review – we will notify you if we can accept the internship and process an…

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Step 3: Agreement Form & Payment

Do the following: a) Complete a contact information form b) Sign the intern agreement form c) Accept the payments terms and conditions d) Make your Application Processing Payment (APP)  

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Step 4: Sponsor Virtual Meeting

You will meet virtually with Rian J-1 staff to discuss your visa program. This is a great time to ask questions!

Step 5: Final Details

At this time, you will make your Program Management Payment (PMP), provide the evidence of your Health Insurance coverage, and submit your DS-7002. The DS-7002 is to be completed after you have your internship set. It is a form that outlines the details of your internship, i.e. employer and supervisor information, and your duties as an intern. The EV drafts the DS-7002 on their own, then submits it to the Rian team for review. Once approved the DS-7002 is emailed to your supervisor who signs it and returns it to us. Once we have…

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Step 6: Embassy Interview

After you schedule your Embassy visit, you will attend the interview. After, you will receive your visa to travel to the U.S!

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