If you have a paid internship or training position, you will likely get paid weekly or every other week, either by check or direct deposit into your bank account. Your host organization will provide a statement showing the number of hours of training, pay, and the taxes and other deductions taken out of your paycheck.

Read on for information on taxes, or see below for Social Security Information

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Please note: Unpaid participants and all J-2 dependents must also file tax forms. If your position is unpaid, there is no tax due. However, participants and all J-2 dependents must still file tax Form 8843. Visit irs.gov for details.

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SEVIS Registration and Social Security

SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, and you are required to register for it. Things to remember about SEVIS registration:

  • You cannot register for SEVIS until after you have landed in the United States
  • When you call to register, have your DS-2019 number, current address in the U.S., and host organization information ready
  • If you are delayed and will arrive after the deadline, contact your agent for a replacement DS-2019 form
  • If you change your address, you must supply your new information to CIEE within 5 days
  • If you do not register, report a change of contact information, or complete your evaluations on time, your program may be terminated
  • CIEE is here to help you follow the rules and regulations of your visa. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding SEVIS

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Applying for a Social Security Number

If you do not already have a Social Security number (you may have one from a previous programme), you will have to apply for one in order to get paid, open a bank account, and pay taxes.
It is legal for you to begin your program before a Social Security number has been issued, but you must have a receipt of application; this shows that you have applied.

To apply, visit the nearest Social Security office 5 business days after you register for SEVIS. Bring the following documents with you: