Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a J-1 Training Visa and for how long is it valid?
A: The J-Visa is an International Exchange Visitor Visa designed to promote international exchange. The category that EDI focuses on is the "Trainee" category, which allows young internationals the opportunity to gain practical experience at American companies. The J-1 Training Visa is valid for up to 18 months.
Q: How much does it cost to hire a trainee?
A: There is no placement fee for the host company. We charge you nothing. Our services are free for hosts.
Q: If the host company does not pay for the placement, how does EDI make any profit?
A: The applicants pay to join our program so that they can gain international professional experience.
Q: How does the recruiting process for Professional Training program work?
A: EDI sends the cover letter and resume of one or more of the many applicants we have on file. If the host company is interested in an applicant, EDI will arrange a telephone interview at a time convenient for the host company. After the interview, the company decides if they would like the candidate or not. There is no obligation.
Q: How are the applicants' English skills?
A: We have already screened the English language ability of all applicants through a direct telephone interview. In addition, all applicants must have at least two years of college to qualify for the program and most have actual professional experience in their field.
Q: How soon will the applicant come to the United States?
A: The majority of applicants take from six weeks or more from the time they are accepted by the host company until the visa process is complete and they are able to begin training.
Q: What kind of paperwork does the host company need to complete?
A: The only paperwork we require of the host company is a Training Plan, which is similar to a job description. EDI will provide a sample Training Plan as well as assistance in completing this three-page document.
Q: I donít have any time for additional paperwork. Who will help with that?
A: EDI will coordinate the paperwork needed for the J-1 Visa process. The host reviews all plans and documents after drafts have been prepared for you.
Q: Can these international trainees be paid legally? Can they get social security numbers?
A: All applicants are eligible to receive stipends in the United States as trainees. They are eligible to obtain their own social security number.
Q: Do applicants have any experience?
A: All applicants are well qualified - they have completed at least two years of college and/or relevant work experience. They are professionals.
Q: Are applicants pre-screened?
A: Applicants are pre-screened by EDI staff with a direct interview to evaluate language level and experience.
Q: If I need someone who has a certain national or language background, can I request that?
A: We have applicants from around the world and most of them speak at least two languages. We are happy to assist you if you have national or language preferences.
Q: If I choose an international trainee, how do I know they just donít quit?
A: Applicants are motivated. They have committed to moving across the world for this experience. Your companyís name is on their visa documents, so changing the host company is also difficult.
Q: What if I donít like my trainee?
A: While over 95% of out hosts have good experiences, you are not obligated to keep someone that doesnít work out. EDI will assists with transferring them or helping them return home.
Q: Are there tax benefits?
A: Employers are exempt from paying all social security tax, Medicare and FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act) on salaries.
Q: Do I have to cover traineeís insurance? Do trainees come to U.S. with insurance?
A: No. Applicants arrive with prepaid health insurance coverage.
Q: Who will provide accommodations while the applicant is in the U.S?
A: There is no obligation for the host company to provide accommodations. Interns are responsible for their own housing and living expenses. However, EDI encourages its host companies to assist applicants in their housing search, as assistance with housing will raise the motivation level of an applicant.