WHAT IS THE AIFS J-1 TRAINEE PROGRAM?
The J-1 Trainee program permits participants to stay in the U.S for up to 18 months to gain valuable skills in their career field. AIFS is a U.S. State Department designated sponsor for the J-1 Trainee program for the following categories and program durations:
Trainee’s must hold a degree or non-vocational, professional certificate from a college, university, or other post-secondary academic institution of higher education outside the U.S. AND at least 1 year of related professional experience outside the U.S. OR; Have at least 5 years of related, full-time professional experience outside the U.S.
All trainee applicants must also be able to document their current and previous related occupational experience from current/former employers outside the U.S.
AIFS TRAINEE REQUIREMENTS:
Trainee must submit the following:
*If a Trainee submitted any of these documents if to an AIFS subsidiary within the past 12 months, those documents will suffice for this requirement.
|AIFS Trainee Program Fee||$2,000|
*one time only fee
STEP 1: APPLICANT REGISTERS
Potential applicants are asked to begin the process by filling out the online application form. Applicants will be asked questions on their background, work, and education history to ensure eligibility for the trainee program. They will be able to upload their CV which will be sent to their potential employers.
Once completed, applicants will receive a confirmation email explaining the next steps in the process. If needed, this includes submitting a Background check, Medical form, and two References. A link to pay the application fee will also be provided at this time.
STEP 2: EMPLOYER BEGINS TRAINING PLAN
Upon submission of their application, if an applicant has indicated they have been offered a placement already, a message will be sent to the Point of Contact supplied by the applicants.
Employers will review the Applicant/Trainee's submissions, sign the Letter of Agreement, and then complete your organization's information, details about the traineeship, and create/sign each phase of the training plan.
STEP 3: AIFS REVIEWS & MAILS VISA DOCUMENTS
Once the employer has submitted the training plan, AIFS will review it for accuracy. This process will take less than 2 business days. If changes are needed, AIFS will reach out to the employer to assist. If the training plan is ready, AIFS will begin the process of creating the DS-2019 and additional documents necessary for the applicant to secure their visa appointment.
Employers & Applicants will both be notified when the complete visa packet has been mailed to the applicant in their home country. A tracking number will be provided as well. At this time, an invoice for the employer for all fees will be sent.
STEP 4: APPLICANT SECURES & ATTENDS EMBASSY INTERVIEW
Once the applicant has received their visa packet, they will begin the process of securing an embassy appointment. Applicants are encouraged to wait until they have received their passport and visa back to book travel to the US.
Our partners in each applicant’s home country will be on hand to guide them through the embassy booking process as well as ensure they are properly prepared for their Traineeship.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Please contact your Camp America representative to register your interest in having your camp participate in the Trainee program. You will then receive further information from the Trainee team with how to start the process.
WHAT DOES MY PARTICIPANT HAVE TO DO?
Any potential participant will complete biographical information as well as a work and education history via a link we will provide. At this stage Camp America will determine eligibility for the program under the visa regulations.
WHAT STEPS DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE?
Upon participant verification of eligibility for the program, you will then be prompted to complete information about your camp. This will include organization details as well as information related to the specific participant’s placement at camp. The last piece will be to complete the Training Plan for the participant and submit for review by Camp America.
WHAT IS THE TRAINING PLAN?
The Training Plan (officially known as the DS-7002) outlines what kind of training a participant will receive while on the program. It must be tailored to each participant, their background, and their role at camp. The Training Plan is split into multiple phases each covering different aspects of camp’s operation and accompanies the DS-2109 when a participant attends their embassy appointment.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Upon submission of the Training Plan, Camp America will provide feedback on any edits needed and then finalize the paperwork. A DS-2019 and DS-7002 will then be generated and sent to the participant for final signature. Camp America will assist participants through the embassy process and coordinate starts dates for arrival at camp.
WHAT IS REQUIRED WHEN THE PARTICIPANT HAS ARRIVED AT CAMP?
Alongside providing participants with housing and cultural exchange opportunities, camp will need to document that the Training Plan is being utilized to provide the appropriate training during the participants time on the program.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Trainee Team at email@example.com