How do J-1 sponsors screen host organizations?

Host organizations play an important role in the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program. In the Trainee and Intern program categories, sponsors will oftentimes engage third parties to conduct the actual training. It is crucial that sponsors properly vet prospective host organizations.

So how do sponsors screen host organizations?

While there are no specific vetting guidelines in the J-1 visa regulations, many sponsors use a combination of the following:

  • Host organization public records such as Dunn and Bradstreet reports and Secretary of State (Corporations Divisions) filings
  • Review of host organization website and other collateral
  • Mapping websites (ie Google maps)
  • Site visits

More importantly, sponsors conduct interviews with potential host organizations to determine the following:

  • Reason or motivation for hosting J-1 exchange visitors
  • Knowledge of J-1 visa regulations
  • Ability to provide bona fide on-the-job training

While no host organizations are specifically excluded from participation in the program, sponsors generally do not sponsor programs at host organizations that were recently established; have a small number of employees or that operate as retail outlets, fast food restaurants, or other limited service companies.

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