One of the most important things during your USA J-1 Internship will be your J-1 Visa and your Training Plan. The J-1 Visa gives you the right to stay in the United States for the duration of your training, and the Training Plan describes what you will be learning during your training program.
THE J-1 INTERN OR J-1 TRAINEE VISA
The J-1 Visa gives you the right to undergo in-depth training in the United States for up to 12 months in the Hospitality industry.
Training 4 Hospitality helps you arrange you visa application and will send you important visa documents in collaboration with our visa partners.
There are two types of J-1 visas for Hospitality training:
J-1 Intern Visa: this visa is used for current students and recent graduates who have little experience in the Hospitality industry. This visa allows you to receive hands-on experience in the U.S. Hospitality industry and to gain exposure to the U.S. culture. The program bridges the gap between formal education and the workplace. This visa is generally used for candidates who have less than 12 months of full time work experience.
J-1 Trainee Visa: this visa is used for candidates who have graduated longer than 12 months ago, and who already have experience in the Hospitality industry. This visa allows young professionals to receive training in the U.S. Hospitality industry and to enhance current skills, learn new skills and learn about U.S. methodologies and practices. This visa also has a maximum duration of 12 months.
The Training Plan is your go-to guide about your learning experience in the United States. All USA J-1 Internship Programs are structured. This means that your training is documented and what you will learn during your internship is therefore clear to all parties before you arrive to the United States. The Training Plan officially called the DS-7002 form. Each training plan is different and is tailored to your experience and the Host Properties amenities. A Training plan must consist of several rotation through different departments and the rotation must be comprehensive to ensure a thorough learning experience.
Training Phases: each USA J-1 Internship Program consists of different phases of training. A phase of training consists of a maximum of 3 to 4 months in which you receive in-depth training in a certain field. Please find a guide to the number of phases below.