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Programme Pricing 2018

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Extra Costs

Visa Processing Fee:

The US State Department charges a Visa Application fee for every applicant. Currently the fee is $160 USD, however the fee is subject to change and applicants are advised to check on the US Embassy website prior to their embassy interview for the most up-to-date fee. 

SEVIS Fee:

As of the 1 September 2004 the US Government introduced a SEVIS fee for all applicants whose DS2019 is printed on and after that date. The fee is $180 USD and is not included in the pricing table above. SAYIT will arrange the transfer of these funds to the US and will supply you with the proper documentation for proof of payment - the SEVIS receipt. You will have to furnish proof of payment to the US Embassy in order for them to issue your visa. This fee goes directly to the US Government in order to maintain the SEVP and SEVIS systems which are used to track all international students while they are in the US.

Insurance:

US Government requirements state that all participants must be comprehensively insured for the entire duration of their stay in the US. The inclusive policy for Internship/Training is specially tailored to meet the needs of the intern or trainee over the extended period.

A separate policy can be purchased which includes special cover for those having to withdraw from the programme and travel home early after their arrival in the US or those who fail exams while on their Internship and would like to return to the US following the repeats.

Host Company Vetting Fee:

According to US State Department regulations effective 19 July 2007, all Host Companies will have to be vetted, if they have fewer than 25 employees or less than $3 million in annual revenue. There is a one-time $250 fee charged to these companies to cover the cost of the visit. Companies previously visited by InterExchange Career Training USA and government offices are not subject to this fee/requirement. There is no extra cost to the applicant for this visit although this will add an additional 3 weeks to the normal processing time.

Flight Costs:

The Programme regulations oblige all participants travelling on an Internship or Trainee Programme to be in possession of a return ticket that covers the duration of his/her stay in the US. Your flight arrangements do not need to be booked through SAYIT Travel. We would ask that participants make flexible flight arrangements when purchasing your flights and allow as much time as possible between the time you submit the initial programme application and the date you expect to depart for the US.

Support Funds:

Legally, participants are required to be in possession of at least US$800 when entering the US on the programme. However, you should give some thought to the types of costs you are likely to incur during your first few weeks in the US. You should bring enough money to support yourself for at least a month and a half, since you are often not paid for two weeks, and a deposit is usually required to move into housing or to install a telephone. You'll also have to consider the cost of short-term accommodation until you secure a place to stay for the duration of your internship. If you will be earning less than $750 a month on your Internship/traineeship you will be required to furnish an original bank statement dated within the last 30 days or a guarantor letter with your application form to InterExchange. You will also be required to furnish these documents to the US Embassy during your interview

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