Host Fees and Requirements

A host company should:

  • Have an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Have a Dun & Bradstreet Number
  • Have Workman’s Compensation Insurance
  • Provide continuous training and supervision
  • Write a Training/Internship Placement Plan, DS-7002
  • Be a member of SACC Chicago
  • Agree to a site visit if has fewer than 25 employees or less than $3M in annual revenue. (Academic institutions and federal, state or local governments are exempt from site visit requirement.)
Fees
J-1 VISA

Fee members [20% discount]

Fee Non-Members

3 months

$1 000

$1 250

4 – 6 months

$1 400

$1 750

7 – 12 months

$1 900

$2 375

12 – 18 months

$2 200

$2 750

* The SACC Chicago membership fee is not included.

Stipend

The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce recommends that the hosting organization offer the trainee a stipend to cover living expenses. The stipend should be based on the cost of living in the area. Although many trainees consider a trainee position in the United States a great opportunity and might be willing to pay for some expenses out of their own pocket, a stipend will increase the likelihood of the trainee staying longer. The SACC recommended stipend for San Diego is approximately $1,500/month.

Refund of Fees

If the host organization should withdraw from the program prior to issuance of the DS-2019, 75% of the program fee is refundable to the host company. The SEVIS fee is fully refundable prior to SACC-USA having submitted the payment, non-refundable thereafter.

Taxes

J-1 visa holders and their host companies are not required to pay Social Security, Medicare or FUTA (unemployment) tax on stipend paid to a J-1 trainee. The trainee will most likely owe State and Federal taxes on any money he or she receives from the host company. Further information or questions regarding the appropriate forms and taxes visit www.irs.gov or contact us.