Intrax as a J1 visa sponsor

Intrax has been a provider of cultural exchange programs and a J1 visa sponsor for more than 30 years.

The term “sponsor” is often associated with financial support, but in the context of the J1 visa application it is meant in the sense of a guarantor of eligibility. Intrax issues the DS-2019 document as proof that the intern, trainee, the internship, training and the host company have been examined for compliance with eligibility requirements. 

As you can read on the Department of State website https://j1visa.state.gov/sponsors/ : “Only State Department-designated sponsors are authorized to issue the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status (Form DS-2019), which is the basic document to support an application for an exchange visitor visa (J-1 Visa). Sponsors screen and select prospective exchange visitors based on the criteria set forth in the governing regulations (22 CFR Part 62).”

Intrax verifies compliance of interns, trainees and host companies by checking documents, making validation calls and - if needed – conducting in-person on-site visits.

Without sponsor – no J1 Visa.

About Intrax as a cultural exchange organization

J1 Visa Exchange Visitor Programm

Intrax headquarters is located in San Francisco, aided by a network of area directors and representatives all over the USA. In addition to running programs and offering expert advice in conjunction with Intrax offices in Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo, and Santiago de Chile, Intrax cooperates with partner organizations worldwide.

Intrax began as a provider of home-stay programs for young people wanting to explore everyday American life. In 1982, the U.S. Department of State designated Intrax to sponsor the J1 visa for high school students on the Ayusa (Academic Year in the USA) high school exchange program in the USA. The safety and well-being of minors, both with regard to the international students, the siblings of host families and the American high school students is a priority in this program, which strives to connect people and cultures thus establishing cultural diplomacy. Proving reliable, supportive and in compliance with J1 regulations towards international and domestic students, parents, school, and other institutions, the U.S. Department of State extended J1 sponsorship to Intrax with regard to the Au pair program in 1989, the Work & Travel program in 1999 and the internship and trainee programs in 2003. We find company placements in the USA and we offer the J1 Visa Service for self-arranged, independent placements.

Intrax is a truly global company with participants from more than 100 countries. We are devoted to fostering international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs in the USA and abroad.