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USA Internship The Trainee Visa
Coming to intern in the US is a great way tofamiliarize yourself with the market and with industry standards. You can get practical experience and learn a lot all without having to be on a student visa. These visas are gaining popularity and if you are considering one you should be aware that there are three different types of visa that are considered as internship visas;
This visa will be issued to candidates who only wish to participate in programs that involve observation and information gathering only. This means that there can be no practical work and you can receive no payment or stipend as a part of your visa. Another important aspect of this visa application process is that you have to prove intent to return to your home country at the end of your program.
J-1 Exchange Visa
To be considered for this visa you must be applying to study in an internship program that has been accredited through the Department of States Bureau for Education and Cultural Education. If granted, you will be able to stay in the USA for up to 18 months and will be able to participate in hands on internship that allows practical experience. The point of this visa is to encourage the sharing of persons and expertise in the areas of arts, education and science. You could be a trainee (professional or non professional), a teacher, a researcher, a professor, a scholar- the list is quite broad and allows for lots of different levels of experience.
If you are interested in this visa you should visit
This organization places international and domestic students in a variety of different programs all across the US. You can choose from the institutions they have listed on their site or you can organize a self placement if you already have in mind somewhere that you would like to intern. As long as the program can be accredited then you stand a chance to get this J1 visa. The USArts organization not only covers performing and visual arts- but also media, communication and business management.
H-3 Trainee Visa
This visa is what is known as a petition-based visa and allows its recipients to be paid and participate in authorized hands-on work. The visa can be granted for up to 2 years and can be from any employer in any field of endeavor (apart from graduate education/training). The H-3 visa has to provide an opportunity that would not be available in the applicants home country.
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