The J-1 Trainee Program offers American companies the opportunity to host highly qualified, mature and bilingual trainees from Sweden on a J-1 visa. The trainee candidates have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and/or have several years experience and specialized skills within their professional field. The J-1 visa Trainee Program offered by the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce is a great way of incorporating fresh perspectives, advanced skills and new ideas into your company during a period of 3 weeks to 18 months. To access the J1-visa program you need to be a member of SACC-SF/SV.

Why hire a Swedish Trainee/Intern through the SACC J1-visa program?

  • Cost Efficient
    SACC advises the host company (but is not required) to pay the Trainee/Intern a stipend equivalent to the cost of living in the host company’s location. There are generally no social security or medicine taxes for a J-1 Trainee/Intern. The Trainee/Intern covers insurance costs and travel expenses.
  • Qualified Trainees
    Well-educated, motivated and bilingual Trainees/Interns for up to 18 months.’
  •  International Presence
    The Trainee/Intern will bring a Scandinavian perspective to your organization.
  • Minimum Administration
    SACC guides you and your Trainee/Intern through the application process and helps with the necessary documentation making the entire process quick and easy.

Host Company Requirements

A Host Company should meet following requirements:

  • Be a Partner of SACC-SF/SV
  • Have an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Have Workman’s Compensation Insurance
  • Provide continuous training and supervision
  • Write a Training/Internship Placement Plan, DS-7002
  • 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.) SACC-USA policy is a minimum of 5 full-time employees.

Areas of Training

SACC-USA is a designated J-1 visa sponsor in the following areas of training:

Management, Business, Commerce & Finance, the Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, Industrial Occupations, Public Administration and Law.


The visa service fees depends on the length of the training period and cover all our administration.

Training Period Visa Service Fee
0-3 months $1,000
4-6 months $1,400
7-12 months $1,900
13-18 months $2,200

An intern/trainee may receive compensation/stipend from a host company to cover living expenses. The host company can also choose to pay for housing, car, travel or insurance instead of, or in addition to, a stipend. Note that there are no social security or medicare taxes associated with a J-1 visa, unless the trainee has lived in the U.S. for an extended period of time recently.

Additional fees associated with a J-1 visa are an interview fee paid to the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm and a SEVIS fee paid to the Department of Homeland Security. These fees are usually covered by the intern/trainee.

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.

Contact us for more information or find out more about how a Swedish Trainee/Intern can excel your business at SACC-USA´s Trainee section.


SACC-USA Trainee Program

The SACC-USA Trainee Program & J-1 Visa Service offers companies located in the US the opportunity to host highly qualified Trainees/Interns from Sweden on a J-1 Visa. SACC-SF/SVs Corporate Membership gives exclusive access to the SACC J-1 visa Trainee Program, offering companies the opportunity to host highly qualified, mature and bilingual trainees from Sweden, eager to take part in accelerating your business. SACC-SF/SV also hosts trainees, in PR & Communications, Marketing & Social Media, Finance & Partnerships, Events & Business Relations.

For the trainees, a training program in the US is the opportunity of a lifetime. You will have the opportunity to advance your theoretical knowledge and skills, acquiring key insights from the American market and business culture. SACC-USA will guide you through the application process and assist with the necessary documentation, making the entire process easy and fast.


SACC Trainee Program includes:

  • Trainees who have found a host organization through SACC-USA
  • Trainees at SACC Regional Chambers
  • Trainees who have found a host organization by themselves
  • Swedish students writing their Bachelors or Masters theses for a US company
  • Employees of Swedish companies who need to go to the US for training with a mother company, subsidiary or business/joint venture partner