How Does the J1 Cultural Exchange Program Work?

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What to Expect
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Week 1

You will learn about the program by reading HPUSA website information — including FAQs. You will be able to ask us any questions you have while you're working on completing your online application and uploading your registration documents.

Week 2

You will complete a Skype Welcome and Registration Interview with HPUSA. You'll sign the HPUSA Participant Confirmation and Terms & Conditions. You'll have the option to either pay the full program fee at this stage or just pay the $600 USD registration fee.

Week 3

We will begin scheduling Skype webcam interviews with potential host employers. If successful, we will confirm your placement offer and training plan for signing. Any remaining program fees are due to be paid now.

Weeks 4 to 7

We will upload your application and signed documents for sponsor processing. This may include a Skype interview with the sponsor and completing an online orientation quiz.

Week 8

We will confirm when the DS kit is ready to be sent.

Week 9

You will receive your DS kit and follow the instructions to book your Embassy interview. You will pay the SEVIS fee of $180 USD plus the Embassy interview fee of $160 USD and complete your DS-160 Form.

Week 11

Your passport with stamped visa is returned after 1 week. You will attend pre-departure orientation if your country requires it, then you can book your flight and head off to the USA!


I wouldn’t be successful if not because of your team’s effort.

Dear Ms. Emma,
Good news, I passed on my Embassy Interview and this wouldn’t be successful if not because of your team’s effort. Thank you so much and God bless

Kathrine Joy Sorongon

I really enjoyed celebrating 4th of July in NYC

“I really enjoyed celebrating 4th of July in NYC and watching the beautiful fireworks. I also had the opportunity to play in a baseball game. It was so much fun! I am learning so many new things and developing my skills in the hospitality industry thanks to the HPUSA Cultural Exchange Visitors program.”

Veronika S.

A great journey indeed!

“We are all interns from a different state. A great journey indeed! Thank you so much HPUSA for helping mold us to be who we are today! It has been a roller coaster journey but it all started with a decision to challenge myself to join the HPUSA Cultural Exchange Program. It has helped me build strength and character.”

Allynna T., Sheraton

Such a wonderful experience!

"I was given the opportunity to visit “Hacienda Patron”, Patron Tequila’s Distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. I was able to learn more about tequila and meet some new friends. Such a wonderful experience!"

Keir James E

I'm very thankful for supporting me all the way.

I would like to say thank you for giving me this opportunity, and helping me on my papers to get here. I’m glad that I met you, Miss Emma. I’m very thankful to you for being there for me and supporting me all the way I appreciate all what you’ve done. I’m finally here in America a dream come true. Take care always and God bless

Shervin Bey Baquiran
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When you partner with HPUSA, we'll help you navigate the process of applying for your J1 Visa, interviewing with luxury hotels and resorts, and traveling to the U.S. for paid training. Just click the button below to start your application for our program and get ready to begin an exciting new experience.