How Does the J1 Cultural Exchange Program Work?

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Week 1

Your students and recent graduates will learn about the program by reading HPUSA website information — including FAQs. They will be able to ask us any questions they have while completing their online application and uploading their registration documents.

Week 2

We will complete a Skype Welcome and Registration Interview as well as request the signed HPUSA Participant Confirmation and Terms & Conditions. Your students will then 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 the completed 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 DS kit is ready to be sent.

Week 9

Once the DS Kit is received, we will provide instructions to pay the SEVIS fee of $180 USD, the Embassy interview fee of $160 USD plus complete their DS-160 Form and book their embassy interview.

Week 11

Their passport with stamped visa should be returned within 1 week. Some students/ recent graduates will attend pre-departure orientation if their specific country requires it, then they can book their flight and head off to the USA!

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HPUSA has a very good reputation in helping foreign applicants

I heard that HPUSA has a very good reputation in helping foreign applicants looking for placements here in this country. They are very thankful to you, including me for helping all the way.

Al-Kristian
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A journey of self-discovery and personal growth

A journey of self-discovery and personal growth filled with unforgettable memories is what foreign exchange all about. I am so truly thankful for this experience; it has changed me forever. Living in a different country has opened my eyes. I learned to accept, and to be respected. I learned to be responsible, and to be careful. I learned to be friendly, and to be polite. Most of all, I learned how to live and realized that adventure was the best way to learn. An Exchange is an experience, never to be forgotten.

Kristal Joy Unico
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I am very thankful to HPUSA for making one of my dreams a reality.

I am very thankful to HPUSA for making one of my dreams a reality. I have matured so much and learned how to be independent. I have visited a lot of great artworks and structures that I can show to my family and friends in my home country. For me, my internship is my stepping stone to make myself become productive and be more ready of what will I become in the future. I have gained a lot of experience and learned so much that I will apply in my future career plans. I am just very thankful for everything. Thank you so much for all of the support! HPUSA is the best ❤️❤️❤️

Vannelaine R.
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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
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I love my job and my hotel!

Thank you again for everything! I love my job and my hotel. This is a very good opportunity for me to learn, improve my skills, and improve myself. I appreciate this opportunity.

Guney Cakir
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