Global Careers & J-1 visas

International Career Development Programs (ICDP) Department

The French-American Chamber of Commerce has helped prepare thousands of international young professionals and students for a future in the global economy.

Each year, our International Career Development Programs (ICDP) department sponsors highly skilled young people for J-1 visas. ICDP is the ideal mechanism for American and French companies to make their workplaces more diverse and international in scope. ICDP is available only to FACC members and, as a result, participants enjoy supportive, individually tailored service. Exchange visitors gain practical experience, knowledge, linguistic competency, and cross-cultural skills critical to leadership in today's international business community. FACC members have the opportunity to add bright young professionals to their business operations and to strengthen their connections to overseas markets.

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French & European Trainees in the United States

The FACC is authorized by the State Department to sponsor eligible Interns and Trainees on a J-1 visa by issuing the Certificate of Eligibility, Form DS-2019. With this document, a foreign candidate with the offer of an internship or training program from an eligible company in the United States may apply for J-1 visa at the American Embassy in Paris.

The J-1 visa allows participants in our program to come to the United States for up to 12 months as Interns or for up to 18 months as Trainees for full-time, paid exchange programs at eligible FACC member companies. The FACC J-1 Visa Program can give your company a critical advantage in securing a trainee quickly. It is available only to companies that are members of the FACC and, as a result, participants enjoy supportive, individually tailored service.

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Please note: FACC New York staff is available for further information on the J-1 visa. Staff is also pleased to meet with potential J-1 candidates, if needed, but on an appointment basis only.

For any specific questions, or to set up an appointment, please email icdp(at)faccnyc.org.

American Trainees in France

American Trainees in France Visa Sponsorship Services In the spirit of reciprocity and international understanding, the FACC training program for Americans in France brings together qualified young Americans aspiring to work in France, and companies interested in hosting them for up to 18 months.

Since 1992, ICDP has partnered with French government agencies in order to administer this transatlantic exchange program, and to assist our candidates in obtaining the visa and work authorization they need as quickly as possible. Through our partnership with the French Government agency Office des Migrations Internationales, the FACC’s International Career Development Programs sponsor training visas for American students and recent graduates to work in France.

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The FACC provides tools and resources to assist young Americans seeking employment in France, and connects French-based companies in recruiting top American candidates.

How does the visa process work?

  1. Approach the FACC for tips and resources on how to find employment in France
  2. Secure a job offer in France
  3. Contact the FACC for visa sponsorship application materials (completed by you and your host company)
  4. After we receive your application materials, the approval process takes 4-6 weeks
  5. Visit the French Consulate nearest your hometown in the U.S. to obtain your visa once your application has been approved
  6. Start your professional training in France

Who can apply for a training visa?

  • American citizens who are between the ages of 18 and 35 and are currently enrolled in college and/or possess a college degree.

Which companies are eligible to host Americans?

  • Most private and public businesses.

What are the position requirements?

  • Full-time (35 hours/week)
  • 3 to 18 months in duration
  • Paid at least the French minimum wage known as the SMIC or about 1,300€/month
  • The employment contract must be a “Contrat à Durée Déterminée” (i.e. CDD) and not a “Convention à Durée Indéterminée” (i.e. CDI) or a “Convention de Stage”

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