Foreign nationals have the opportunity to receive paid training or complete internships in the United States. Interns and trainees come to United States under The Exchange Visitor Program. This program is carried out under provisions of the United State’s law, to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges. They provide an extremely valuable opportunity to experience the United States and their way of life, thereby developing lasting and meaningful relationships.
The Law provides for an Exchange Visitor Non-Immigrant visa category for persons who are approved to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States. This means that before you can apply at an American Embassy or Consulate for a visa you must apply, meet the requirements, and be accepted for one of the Exchange Visitor Program categories. If you are accepted as a participant in an exchange program, you will then be provided with information and documents necessary to apply for the visa to enter the United States. You may enter the United States to obtain work-based learning to build on your academic experience by developing practical skills
You should be currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree or certificate granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States OR You should have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to the exchange visitor program begin date OR you should have five years of work experience outside the United States in the occupational field.
The primary objectives of this program is to enhance the skills and expertise of exchange visitors in their academic or occupational fields through participation in structured and guided work-based training and internship programs and to improve the participant’s knowledge of American techniques, methodologies, and expertise. Such training and internship programs are also intended to increase the participant’s understanding of American culture and society and to enhance the local American knowledge of foreign cultures and skills through an open interchange of ideas between participants and their American associates. A key goal of the Act, which authorizes these programs, is that participants will return to their home countries and share their experiences with their countrymen.
In addition, a specific objective of the new internship program is to provide eligible foreign nationals a period of work-based learning to allow them to develop practical skills that will enhance their future careers. Bridging the gap between formal education and practical work experience and gaining substantive cross-cultural experience are major goals in educational institutions around the world. By providing training opportunities for current foreign students and recent foreign graduates at formative stages of their development, the U.S. Government will build partnerships, promote mutual understanding, and develop networks for relationships that will last through generations as these foreign nationals move into leadership roles in a broad range of occupational fields in their own societies.
If you qualify and you are interested in a paid internship or training in United States then you can make use of this program. One can apply for a Non-Immigrant visa as part of this program at any time of the year and the ‘processing time’ is between 1 to 3 months.
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