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The J1 Visa (or Exchange Visitor Program)  aims to promote cultural exchange and foster international cooperation by allowing individuals from different countries to visit the U.S. for temporary periods to gain educational, professional, and cultural experiences.

The J-1 is authorized for those who intend to participate in an approved program for the purpose of teaching, instructing or lecturing, studying, observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating special skills, receiving training, or to receive graduate medical education or training.

J-1 visa holders are therefore sponsored by an exchange program that is designated as such by the U.S. Department of State.


The French American Chamber of Commerce Rocky Mountain (RMFACC) is part of the National FACC network.

Members of our organization As a business member (Corporate level and over) of our nonprofit organization, you benefit of the Sponsorship  whic allow you 



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The Exchange Visitor Program encourages cultural exchange by allowing exchange visitors to come to the United States for up to 12 months as Interns or up to 18 months as Trainees to participate in full-time, paid, practical training programs at eligible FACC member companies. These programs are extremely beneficial for both candidates and host companies and serve to further understanding and diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the world. Our candidates gain valuable experience in fields as diverse as finance, engineering, law, communications and tech, while our host companies get the benefit of top international talent while helping to train the leaders of tomorrow. In addition to professional experience, the FACC coordinates year-round American cultural events for our J-1 Exchange Visitors, promoting American cultural exposure and networking opportunities nationwide.

In order to host an Exchange Visitor, companies must adhere to certain structural requirements in order to ensure that the intern or trainee is adequately supervised, in accordance with the mission of the Exchange Visitor Program. Additionally, the host company must maintain a minimum of an Active Level Membership in their local FACC Chapter. Consult additional details on eligibility and fees or contact us at to discuss. 

Are you a French company or a U.S. company doing business with France? Let the VIE Program + J-1 visa package facilitate your HR needs.

What is the VIE program? Volunteer for International Experience. The VIE is a hassle-free HR package offered by the French government  (and facilitated by the FACC) that allows your company to easily recruit high-profile young professional trainees and interns from Europe. It is entirely flexible and provides  several financial advantages, aimed at making your cross-border HR needs more manageable.

Since its inception in 2001:

  • 66,000 VIEs have been hosted by more than 6,600 companies worldwide.

  • 10,300 VIEs are currently on assignment for 2,000 companies in 130 countries.

What are the benefits?

  • A turnkey solution to your HR needs

  • BUSINESS FRANCE handles administrative procedures (payroll administration, contract, insurance and, upon request, travel and recruitment processes). The FACC works with the host company in the U.S. to approve and process  J-1 visa applications for VIE candidates.

  • Fiscal incentives & subsidies

  • The full cost of the VIE is charged to the French company, not the host company. In addition, the VIE Program is exempt from taxation in France. The company in France is also entitled to certain fiscal advantages (tax deductible for subsidies, tax credit for SMEs, etc.) as well as regional subsidies.

  • Flexible

  • A variety of private sector assignments are possible, with durations ranging from 6 to 18 months in the U.S. (can be extended to a maximum of 24 months in other countries). Candidates can be trained in France and transferred to a subsidiary of the same company in the U.S. or elsewhere.

  • High-profile young professionals

BUSINESS FRANCE has a pool of 35,000 qualified, young professionals waiting to learn from and contribute to your business. These young professionals are:

  • Graduates of Europe’s best schools and universities

  • Citizens of the European Economic Area

  • 60% of candidates are between 25 and 29 years old

  • 95% of candidates graduated with at least a Master’s Degree

Companies can choose their trainee or intern candidates through their own recruitment methods, or BUSINESS FRANCE can assist in the recruitment process.

For more information, please contact:

For general information about the FACC J-1 visa program, please contact the FACC International Career Development Programs Department at +001 (212) 867-0123 or

Company Fees

J-1 Processing Fee non-VIE Intern$1,250

J-1 Processing Fee non-VIE Trainee$1,500

J-1 Processing Fee  VIE Program$2,000

A business opportunity for young professionals

Exchange visitors gain practical experience, knowledge, linguistic competency, and cross-cultural skills critical to leadership in today's international business community. FACC members have the opportunity to add bright young professionals to their business operations and to strengthen their connections to overseas markets. All procedures will be easier with the FACC.

What is the J-1 / VIE Visa Program?

A foreign candidate with the offer of an internship or training program from an eligible company in the United States may apply for J-1 / VIE visa at the American Embassy in Paris. The J-1 / VIE visa allows participants in our program to come to the United States for up to 12 months as Interns or for up to 18 months as Trainees for full-time exchange programs at eligible FACC member companies.

How to proceed?

The French-American Chamber of Commerce (New York Chapter) is a designated U.S. State Department sponsor of the Exchange Visitor Program. 

• Companies Requirements: 

- The host company must be a member of the FACC Florida. To become a member click here. If you are already a member, please contact the FACC New York at or by phone at 212-867-0123 to define which program is right for your intern.

- The host company has to

  • Employ at least 3 full-time permanent employees on-site

  • Have at least 2 American citizens or Green Card holders in the company

  • Have sufficient structure and a dedicated manager on-site to provide proper supervision for the V.I.E.

  • Develop an eligible Form DS-7002 Training/Internship Placement Plan

  • Pay the Intern/Trainee at least the local prevailing minimum wage

The number of J-1 visa candidates hosted must respect the following ratios:
- For small companies (up to 12 full time-employees), one J-1 visa candidate for every three full-time and on-site employee.
- For larger companies, the number of J-1 visa candidates must not exceed 10% of total staff.


  1. $1,000 for an internship between 1 and 12 months in duration 

  2. $1,500 for an internship between 12 and 18 months in duration

  3. $2,000 for a VIE program


• Candidates: once you have found your host company please contact the FACC New-York at icdp(@) or by phone at 212-867-0123 to define which program is right for you.

All procedures are detailed on the website of the FACC New York.


Download the VIE / J1 Orientation Guide 2018 to have more information.

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  • Build Your Network: Expand your professional circle by connecting with like-minded individuals and industry leaders.

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  • Flexible Commitment: Volunteer on your own terms – choose when and how you want to contribute.

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