Career Training USA

Up to 18 months experience at a US Host Company
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Go International

Experience in another country is one of the smartest career moves you can make. Not only will you gain real-world skills that will serve you throughout your career, but you will also get valuable firsthand insight into American culture and business practices. Along the way, you will share ideas with colleagues, make important new business connections, and build lifelong friendships.

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Start Your Application today

In order to start the process you will need to register for an online account.
Please make sure you read the instructions carefully and also download your Supporting Documents

Eligibility for Career Training USA

In order to apply for Career Training USA you must meet the following criteria
  • You must be over 18
  • You must have a degree and at least one years' full time experience in your field outside the USA - preferably AFTER university level studies. If you do not have a degree in this field you should be able to show at least 5 years full time experience in order to qualify for the programme. If you are not sure whether you are eligible for this programme or have any questions please contact us
  • You must either be a UK national OR a foreign national presently living in the UK (UK nationals living abroad are also welcome to apply). **If you do not meet either of the above criteria please contact us via email (details at the bottom of this page) and we will guide you to the appropriate contact.
  • If you have previously undertaken a J1 Traineeship in the USA you must wait at least 2 years from the expiry of your previous visa before you can start another programme Important
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Key Points

  • The Career Training USA Programme allows you to go to the USA for up to 18 months* at a US Host Company. The position must be in a field directly related to your experience *Positions in tourism, hospitality or agriculture are normally restricted to 12 months - please contact us for details if this applies to you.
  • You can take either paid OR unpaid positions. If you are going on an unpaid placement you will need to provide proof of access to at least $1500/ month for the duration of your time in the USA - full information can be found on the application form
  • You must secure a placement with a US Organisation before applying for the programme.
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Medical Insurance provided + COVID Cover

You're covered for the whole time you're in the USA

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How Much Does it Cost?

The Fees depend on the length of time you will be in the USA.
See Fees and Inclusions for detailed information

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Allowed Training Activities

While most activities are allowed under the J1 Trainee Programme, there are some that are prohibited under the program guidelines - such as coaching, care of children etc.

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Unpaid Traineeships DO need a visa!

Even if you are planning on undertaking a short term unpaid experience in the USA you will need to apply for the J1 Trainee Programme. Under no circumstances are you allowed to use a Visa Waiver or tourist visa with the intention of undertaking any form of work placement - even unpaid.

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Passport Requirements

In order to enter the USA on a J1 Visa Programme you must have a passport that is valid for AT LEAST 6 months AFTER the end date of your internship or traineeship.
Please make sure your passport meets these requirements. If not your application will be subject to delays as your legal paperwork (the DS-2019) can NOT be issued without a passport that meets these criteria.

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Embassy Interviews

Once the application is complete and approved, you will need to book a face to face interview at your local US Embassy or Consulate

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Host Organisation Eligibilty

Your Host Organisation (US employer) must provide structured and practical training while abiding by some key program regulations.


Your Host Organisation (US employer) must provide structured and practical training while abiding by some key program regulations.

  • J1 Participants are NOT allowed to work in a Home based office (i.e. a residential location).
  • The Host Organisation should ensure that the DS-7002 Training Plan is followed for the duration of the programme.
  • There must be a match between your background and the training.
  • Upon completion of the programme, you should plan to return to your home country.
  • The programme is not intended to help organisations fill staffing needs.
  • The training plan should reflect an understanding of what you will be learning, not only the needs of the business.
  • Your US Host Organisation must have Workers Compensation (or equivalent) insurance that will cover you for the time you are with their organisation (exceptions apply - please contact us for details)
  • Any unskilled or clerical activity must be kept to a maximum of 20% of the entire training period.

Please note: The following types of Host Organisation/ activities are NOT eligible to host international interns or trainees.

  • Certain limited service/economy hotel properties
  • Most home offices
  • Programs in aviation/construction/building (where training is completed in those fields)
  • Fast food franchises
  • Single-location retailers
  • Spas
  • Gyms

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Latest News

22nd October 2021

On September 20th, the US will lift Covid-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from the UK and most European countries from early November.
Effective November 1st 2021, all our participants will need to be fully vaccinated in order to take part in the programmes

  • All international travellers will need to prove they are fully vaccinated before boarding a flight (for UK this will mean at least 2 weeks past your second vaccination).
  • They will also require a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure for the USA
  • We have yet to hear from US Embassies in London, Belfast and Dublin as to when they will reopen for visa processing, but expect these to start soon. Some other European Embassies have already announced dates to re-open in the 2nd week of November.

Watch this space!