J-1 Regulation Explainers

For Tax Purposes, Are Exchange Visitors Nonresident Aliens or Resident Aliens?

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For Tax Purposes, Are Exchange Visitors Nonresident Aliens or Resident Aliens?

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Internal Revenue Code provides two separate tax structures—one for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and one for nonresidents. To prepare for tax season, exchange visitors must know which category they file under. Exchange visitors are considered nonresident aliens because the maximum duration of a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is one […]

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Five Tips to Submit a Strong Trainee/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)

Five Tips to Submit a Strong Trainee/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)

Evaluating the merits of an application for J-1 intern or trainee program sponsorship is like putting puzzle together. Some puzzles have few pieces; others are more complex. Just as larger puzzles take more time to complete, the complexity of a sponsorship application may account for longer processing time. The best way to simplify the path […]

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Navigating Health Insurance Regulations as an Exchange Visitor

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Navigating Health Insurance Regulations as an Exchange Visitor

All participants of the American Immigration Council’s Exchange Visitor Program are required to have insurance coverage for the duration of their stay. Exchange visitors can choose one of the following options to obtain coverage: purchase insurance through the Council, purchase directly from a private insurance company, or purchase through your host company usually deducted directing from your […]

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What J-1 Visa Holders Need to Know About Filing Taxes

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What J-1 Visa Holders Need to Know About Filing Taxes

It is tax season in the U.S.! By January 31, 2016 anyone who received income from a U.S. source should have received a W-2 form for income from their employer or 1099 forms from investments such as bank accounts or stock funds. These documents are used to fill out both Federal and State income tax […]

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Maintaining Contact with Your J Program Sponsor

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Maintaining Contact with Your J Program Sponsor

First and foremost, we are here to help you. During your stay in the U.S., if you face any issues, especially regarding your housing, health insurance, or work place, then please contact your Case Manager as soon as possible. Your Case Manager is the person who interviewed you and signed your DS-2019. Your Case Manager […]

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Understanding the IMG Group Insurance Policy as an Exchange Visitor

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Understanding the IMG Group Insurance Policy as an Exchange Visitor

All J Visa holders are required to have sickness and accident insurance during their time in the U.S. American Immigration Council exchange participants can enroll in a policy negotiated with the International Medical Group (IMG). It is not mandatory that our participants enroll in this insurance policy through IMG. However, many do because it is […]

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11 Health Insurance Terms J-1’s Should Know

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11 Health Insurance Terms J-1’s Should Know

The American Immigration Council’s J-1 program receives more questions about healthcare insurance than any other subject. We understand that insurance is a tricky topic, and it can be just as hard for U.S. residents to understand as it is for international visitors. Before discussing the details of healthcare insurance in the U.S., it is best […]

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What J-1 Participants Need to Know This Tax Season (Part II)

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What J-1 Participants Need to Know This Tax Season (Part II)

1. Why do I need to file taxes in the U.S.? As J-1 trainee or intern, you are required to pay U.S. income taxes on all income that you received from your host company from January through December. If you are on the payroll of the U.S. host company, the compensation (pay) you are receiving […]

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Paying U.S. Income Taxes as a J Visa Holder: The Two W’s (Part I)

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Paying U.S. Income Taxes as a J Visa Holder: The Two W’s (Part I)

The holiday season has ended and along with the cold January weather, another new season has arrived. Yes—it is tax season! Filing U.S. Income Taxes is as confusing, frustrating, and time-consuming as any of our other political processes in the U.S. If you have not yet read it, take a look at our Tax Assistance […]

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What You Need to Know About Social Security Numbers

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What You Need to Know About Social Security Numbers

If you are a J-1 who will be paid a stipend or otherwise compensated financially by the U.S. host organization during the time you are in the U.S. as an intern or trainee, you will most likely need to apply for a Social Security Number and Social Security Card. The Social Security Number, which is […]

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