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.
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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