The Process

The J-1 visa process at Stage-USA is as follows:

  1. Registration: You must register online through the form on the website of Stage-USA. (without obligation and free of charge)
  2. First contact: You will be contacted by an employee of Stage-USA. Then an appointment for an intake interview is made which can be at our location in Amsterdam or via Skype. (without obligation and free of charge)
  3. Intake: During this interview we discuss the exact program you are going to follow in the U.S.. This intake is very important to determine which sponsor best suits your program. We engage in this conversation deeper into your educational background, the details of the business and the operations of the company. (without obligation and free of charge)
  4. Program Agreement / Deposit: Based on the conversation you can decide whether you want to book the J-1 visa program at Stage-USA. If you start the program you will receive a Stage-USA J-1 Visa Agreement where the exact details of your program are included in this document which you will have to sign. To complete the registration we require a deposit, this is an amount of € 350, -. This amount is deducted from the total cost of the visa.
  5. Collecting documents: When the deposit is paid and your signed J-1 Visa Agreement has been received we will start to collect various documents. Both the company and yourself receive a list of documents that have to be delivered to Stage-USA. 
  6. Send documents to U.S.: After Stage-USA has collected all the necessary documents they are sent to our partner organization in the U.S..
  7. Payment: Once all documents are received by the partner organization in the U.S., the remaining visa fee will be charged.
  8. U.S. Interview: Once the payment is received an interview between you and the partner organization of Stage-USA follows. With the company where you follow the program will be conducted an interview as well. On this basis will then be taken a decision on the visa application.
  9. Shipping documents: If the application is approved, the DS-2019 form is sent to your home address from the U.S..
  10. American Consulate appointment: Once you have received the DS-2019 form you can make an appointment at the U.S. consulate. You have a short interview and let your documents and passport behind. You will receive within 2 to 3 days your passport back containing your visa.
  11. Flight: Last step is to book your flight. You have the oppotunity to book your flight possibly through Stage-USA, but you can also book your flights of course yourself. Stage-USA is working with several airlines allowing often slightly cheaper tickets if booked through Stage-USA. We recommend that you do not  book flights as long as you have not yet received your visa.


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