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J-1 Visa Sponsorship

The J-1 Visa Intern and Trainee Program of Choice for the World's Leading Employers.

About The Program

The Exchange Visitor Program provides highly educated foreign employees and students the opportunity to visit the United States for a short amount of time to receive on-the-job training and engage in cultural exchange. Programs conducted under the Exchange Visitor Program utilize a nonimmigrant visa type known as the J Visa. SHRM is designated by the U.S. Department of State as a J-1 Visa sponsor for the trainee and intern programs. 

Why sponsor your Exchange Visitor Program with SHRM?

We make it easy…

J-1 Visa regulations impose significant compliance responsibilities on employers. SHRM works with host organizations and participants to coordinate the details of their training programs—whether it's processing applications, delivering guidance on travel procedures, conducting compliance site visits, ensuring that government reporting requirements are met, or checking in with trainees and interns throughout their stays in the United States.

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Start your Application

We are happy to share with you exciting news! SHRM Exchange Visitor Program is now using a new CRM – SHRM Orion. This custom-build, modeled after SEVIS, system makes the application process easy, fast, and safe. Once we create a SHRM Orion account for you, you and your associates will be able to directly manage J-1 applications for your organization or a client.

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Trainees are professionals who either possess a degree or certificate from a non-U.S. postsecondary academic institution and have at least 1 year of prior related work experience in their occupational field outside the U.S. OR have at least 5 years of work experience outside the United States in the occupational field in which they are seeking training.


Processing times are contingent upon receipt of a complete application packet with all required supporting materials in order.

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If you have any questions regarding your J-1 Visa training program you may contact us via telephone at 703-535-6365 or via e-mail at


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On the phone, online and in-person, we offer employers a boutique service portfolio, catering to individual preferences while keeping compliance a top priority. In addition, we offer expedited application processing in as few as 5 business days.


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By working with you, we learn your preferences and anticipate your needs. Year after year, our host organizations tell us this results in successful transitions for their international trainees and interns.


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We are your guides throughout the process, offering helpful suggestions and support with the various administrative and compliance requirements for each individual program.

If you do not yet have a SHRM Orion account or already submitted your application through our old CRM, INSZoom, please contact your SHRM case manager or

If you are new to SHRM J-1 visa sponsorship process and would like to speak with us about your potential J-1 program, please request a free consultation with our experts.

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Current Clients and Participants

If you already have exchange visitor application or are already sponsored by SHRM or by the former Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), please visit our current clients and participants page to learn more about exchange visitor requirements and compliance items related to your sponsored program. You will also find information about cultural activities and international travel.

Program Forms & Documents

As you prepare for your journey to the United States, please consult the following orientation materials prepared by the U.S. Department of State and by SHRM.