What does it Cost?

As a nonprofit organization, Cultural Vistas is dedicated to remaining an affordable option for international students and professionals, as well as host companies seeking to bring international perspectives into their organizations.


Required Fees + Services
Program, insurance, and SEVIS I-901 fees are mandatory for all programs. Fees are per participant and based on program length and participant status.


J-1 Intern and Trainee Program Fees [?]

This fee covers the evaluation and administrative support Cultural Vistas provide through the applicant and host company application process; the issuance of visa sponsorship documents; orientation and resources provided to participants in preparation for their arrival to the U.S.; maintenance of the participant’s SEVIS record and on-going support throughout the training program; services including a 24 hour hotline available to participants and resources for filing appropriate tax forms; cultural activities organized in major U.S. cities; and more.

Program Length Student* Non-student
Up to 3 months
Up to 6 months
Up to 12 months
Up to 18 months

*Students are defined as currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program outside the United States.

Health Insurance: $70 per month [?]

All participants are required to have insurance through Cultural Vistas. Cultural Vistas takes care of this compliance by enrolling all participants in our insurance. The fee is $70 per month and provides coverage from program start date to end date. Additional coverage may be purchased for the 30 day grace period before and after the program. Payment in full for insurance is due with the application.

SEVIS I-901: $180 [?]

The SEVIS I-901 fee is a federally mandated fee that supports SEVIS, an automated system that tracks exchange visitors activity in the United States. Cultural Vistas pays the fee on behalf of the exchange visitor and issues a copy of the receipt. The original receipt will be mailed directly to the participant in his or her home country a few weeks later.




Additional Application Fees & Services (if applicable)
All complete applications are processed in 20 business days or less.  Need it done faster? Our expedited service guarantees that your client’s application is evaluated within five business days of receiving a completed application. To take advantage of this service, check the box next to 'expedited service' on the application request form.

Expedited Service: $1,350 [?]

Five business day processing for complete applications.

Expedited Site Visit: $1,350 [?]

This fee applies to any new company that requests a required site visit can be guaranteed to take place within five business days of application submission.




Other Fees & Services (that may be required)

New Host Company: $300 [?]

All companies who have either never worked with Cultural Vistas or who have not yet completed a successful training program through our organization within the past three (3) years will be required to pay a one-time registration fee. (A successful program is defined as a program during which both the mid-term and final evaluations were completed as required).

This fee covers the research Cultural Vistas does to ensure your company is reputable; to make certain your company meets the standards that are outlined by U.S. Department of State for all J-1 Visa host companies; and to guarantee that you understand your responsibilities as a U.S. host company to a J-1 Visa holder (this includes training, supervision, evaluations to be completed by trainee and supervisor, etc). Once your company has hosted a successful training program, your registration is considered complete and you will not have to pay the new company fee again. This fee is non-refundable and cannot be paid by the participant.

Travel Validation: $30 [?]

All participants who plan to travel outside of the United States (not required for travel to Canada or Mexico) during their programs must send their DS-2019 Form to Cultural Vistas to be approved for travel.

DS-2019 Replacement: $100 [?]

This fee applies whenever we need to replace or amend your DS-2019 Form.

Program Extension: $550 [?]

This fee applies if you request to extend the length of the program.

J-2 Fee: $750 [?]

This is the application fee for issuance of the DS-2019 Form for dependents of J-1 applicants.
Extensions are available on a case by case basis.

J-2 Health Insurance (family): $588/month [?]

This fee applies if the J-2 dependents wish to purchase insurance through Cultural Vistas and plan to arrive within 2 months of the J-1. This plan covers both J-1 and J-2 participants.

Please note that all J-1 visa applicants must pay a fee of $160 to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where they interview for the visa. Canadian citizens are exempt from scheduling an interview and paying this fee.




Refunds will be issued only to the party who paid the fee. Cultural Vistas reserves the right to withhold additional monies or refuse a refund request.

Fee Type Fee
Cultural Vistas rejection, or withdrawal prior to approval decision
Embassy denial or program cancellation post-approval decision
Program fee varies 50% $0
SEVIS fee $180 100% $0
Insurance fee $70/mo 100% (minus admin fee)** varies**
New Employer Fee* $300 0% $0
Expedited Application Review* $1350 0% $0
Expedited Site Visit* $1350 0% $0
Dependent $750 100% $0
Dependent insurance $588/mo 100% (minus admin fee)** varies**
Extension $550 0% 0%
Forms Replacement $100 N/A N/A


*If the expedited review, site visit, or new employer vetting has not been completed a partial refund may be possible.
**Insurance may only be refunded prior to entering the United States.