Knowledge of a foreign culture, language and foreign business practices
Enthusiasm and appreciative of opportunities
Internationals generally have higher education level and higher value placed on the work.
Shifts covered; Workers available during emergencies (i.e. snowstorms)
High level of motivation
What benefits can an international practical trainee bring to an employer?
Program Benefits for Practical Trainees
Practical Trainees can:
Enhance professional experience and develop new skills in the human/social service fields not available in their country
Gain personal growth by living and working abroad
Opportunity to earn money
Build lasting ties with people in other countries
Strengthen language and cross-cultural skills
Practical Trainees Expectations:
Provide an exchange of ideas, skills and practical experiences
Daily interaction with clients and supervising staff
Attend in-service trainings provided by training site agency
Take initiative in the advancement of their training program
Be flexible and open-minded with the training program
Communicate needs effectively with supervisors and/or coworkers
Be committed to leaving the USA at the end of the 18-month program
Requirements for each trainee:
They pay their own travel to the USA
Report to placement within four months after being extended an offer from the training site agency.
Be willing, able and have valid driving license
Perform all the duties of the placement, possibly including working some weekends and possible overtime
Report to their placement with at least $2000 to meet immediate needs (i.e. rent, car, insurance, fees, etc.)
What is Expected of the Organization
Clear and valid DS-7002 Training Plan
Clear communication and expectations
Training program matches trainee’s experience
Pay prevailing wages
Facilitate Acclimation to Worksite
Facilitate host family/mentor
Completion and return of program evaluation forms
Not a staffing substitution
Find, screen and interview, if need be, qualified Human and Social Service Workers
Locate a Training Site Agency prior to arrival in the USA
Collect required documents prior to arrival
Issue contracts for training prior to issuing visa documents
Issue DS-7002 Training Plan, DS-2019 and SEVIS forms needed for Embassy appointment for the J-1 visa
Advocate for trainee when valid issues arise
Contact trainee when TSA has issues of performance
Send evaluations to trainees and supervisors during their training program
Keep an open line of communication during training program
Send certificate of completion to trainees at end of placement
AYWC Application Process
Completed application consists of:
1. Biographical Data Form from trainee with resume
Three reference letters (two from current supervisors; one from professor)
Copies of driver’s license and passport
Police Record/Clearance (can apply at local police department)
School Transcripts/ Certificates
Two passport photos
Health exam preformed by your physician.
Completed PT-Documents, signed DS-7002 and admin fee of $350, which includes the Student Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS) fee and first months health insurance—both required by U.S. Department of State.
Issuance of the DS-2019 for the J-1 Visa
Once AYWC has a completed file:
AYWC releases the Certificate of Eligibility DS-2019 form
Candidate applies at U.S. Embassy or Consulate in his/her home country
There is a $131 embassy appointment fee- different than SEVIS
Interview will be required by consulate
Consular officer makes final decision on issuance of visa
Time Table What happens during the process:
Training Site Agency informs AYWC of their selection of candidates
Within one-two weeks
Trainee completes file
AYWC reviews documents, issues required documents and DS-7002 via e-mail
Receive DS-2019 and SEVIS fee package via express mail
5 th week
Trainee applies at consulate for visa
7 days or more
Trainee finalizes travel plans once visa is received
Cannot attend full-time study at an University (F-1 visa).
Cannot stay in the USA as a permanent resident.
Cannot work multiple jobs. Trainees can only work with the agency you are placed with. They may do volunteer work.
AYWC does not offer J-2 visas for children.
Cannot expect a supervisory position since most positions are entry-level; however, many of AYWC’s trainees have been promoted within the first 6-months.