J-1 Visa Information

The French-American Chamber of Commerce is a U.S. Department of State designated J-1 visa sponsor and is proud to have sponsored qualified candidates for international exchange for over 45 years. As a J-1 visa sponsor, we actively promote the mission of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, which aims to increase mutual understanding through exchange experiences. 

The J-1 visa program encourages cultural exchange by allowing exchange visitors to come to the United States for up to 12 months as Interns or for up to 18 months as Trainees to participate in full time, paid, practical training programs at eligible FACC member companies. These programs are extremely beneficial for both candidates and host companies, and serve to further diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the world. 

As sponsor, our role is to facilitate the application process and issue the Certificate of Eligibility, Form DS-2019. With this document, a foreign candidate with the offer of an internship or training program from an eligible company in the United States may apply for J-1 visa at the American Embassy in Paris.

Prior to submitting an application, please read the J-1 Visa Guidelines and contact us via email for other program information, rules and criteria not listed here.


If you can't find what you are looking for, or have an emergency situation please contact us by e-mail at icdp@faccnyc.org.


Candidate Resources:

Thinking about applying for a J-1? Click here to learn more about applying.

Already a J-1 sponsored by the FACC? Click here for more resources. 


Host Company Resources:

Interested in hosting a J-1? Click here to learn more about becoming a Host Company.

Already a Host Company? Click here for more resources for you and your candidates.


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We encourage all exchange visitors to regularly visit the website of the Consulate General of France in New York: www.consulfrance-newyork.org.