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How to Apply to the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program

How to Apply to the Exchange Visitor Program
The Exchange Visitor Program provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted programs enable foreign nationals to come to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.

Step 1
Determine which program is right for you. See program requirements comparison chart for an overview of each program category.

Step 3
Sponsors are responsible for selecting participants, as well as supporting and monitoring them during their entire program.

Step 5
If you are accepted into an exchange visitor program, the program sponsor will issue you a Form DS-2019.

Step 4
Sponsors charge participants program fees. Fees vary from sponsor to sponsor. Participants are encouraged to obtain a breakdown of all costs and fees from multiple sponsors before committing to a program.

Step 2
Contact a designated sponsor directly to take part in one of its exchange programs. The sponsor will provide the participant
with specific program and application requirements. Search designated sponsors: https://j1visa.state.gov/sponsor-search
Find sponsors that operate in your home country: https://j1visa.state.gov/sponsor-by-country

Marriott has J-1 Visa Programs for students or interns to gain experience working in Marriott hotels within the United States.

J-1 Visa Training Program
If you’re currently working or studying in the hospitality field outside the United States, the J-1 Exchange Visitor Training Program offers you the opportunity to gain experience working in Marriott hotels within the U.S.
Program guidelines

The J-1 visa can provide an opportunity for practical “on-the job” training in the U.S. for foreign nationals who are either interns or trainees. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering a career-enhancing J-1 opportunity with Marriott in the U.S.:

To qualify as a J-1 intern, an individual must be either currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S. OR have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his/her exchange program start date.
To qualify as a J-1 trainee, an individual must have either a degree or professional certificate from a foreign postsecondary academic institution and at least one year of prior work-related experience acquired outside the U.S.; or, five years work experience outside the U.S. without the benefit a degree.
J-1 programs in the “Hospitality and Tourism” category are limited to 12 months for both interns and trainees. Trainees may be approved for a J-1 program that is up to 18 months in length if the subject area for training is not hospitality and tourism
As a J-1 intern or trainee, you may be placed in training programs in the Rooms Division, Front Office, Food & Beverage, Culinary or other programs as determined by the hotel.
Once an employment offer has been accepted by an international trainee candidate, the individual must contact one of the below J-1 sponsorship organizations, authorized by the U.S. Department of State, to assist with the Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility, and the J-1 visa application.

Sponsorship Organization
Below is a list of Sponsorship Organizations that are authorized to assist with placing J-1 visa holders in internship and training programs with Marriott. Please contact the organizations listed for information about qualifications and application procedures.
Alliance Abroad Group
American Hospitality Academy
Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Cultural Homestay International
Cultural Vistas (previously Association for International Practical Training (AIPT))
Global Education Concepts
InterExchange (Marriott managed properties only use this sponsor for the Work & Travel program, not the Intern/Trainee program)
International Educational Exchange, Inc.
Pan Atlantic International (PAIT)
Worldwide International Student Exchange (WISE)


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