Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions. Have a question that is not listed here? No problem! You can reach our dedicated customer service team at 1-888-268-6245 or via email at contact@ciee.org.

Who can be a host organization?

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Many different types of companies and institutions can be host organizations. This includes but is not limited to hospitals, research institutions, tech companies, educational institutions, libraries, museums, and more.

Do host organizations provide insurance?

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Many host organizations provide insurance to their visiting scholars, professors, researchers, and specialists. However, you must purchase a supplemental emergency medical travel insurance plan from CIEE in order to comply with the Department of State J-1 requirements.

Please note: If your host organization does not provide health insurance to you, don’t worry; CIEE offers insurance for purchase through one of America’s premier providers: Aetna, which is accepted by more than 672,000 health care providers around the country.

For questions or concerns regarding CIEE insurance, please contact us at contact@ciee.org.

What is the difference between the home residency requirement (212e) and the two-year, non-repeat rule (24-month bar)?

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If your DS-2019 indicates that you are subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement (section 212(e) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act), then you will be required to return to your home country for a minimum of two years before returning to the U.S. on certain types of visas. For more information, please contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or the U.S. Department of State.

On the other hand, the two-year, non-repeat rule is a program-specific regulation that states researchers and professors who come to the U.S. on a J-1 Research Scholar visa must wait 2 years before coming back to the US on another J-1 Research Scholar visa. J-1 Short-Term Scholar and J-1 Specialist visas are not affected by this regulation.

What is CIEE’s role as the visa sponsor?

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As your J-1 visa sponsor, CIEE provides a number of services, including:

  • Friendly, comprehensive assistance with every aspect of the application process
  • Thorough vetting of host organizations
  • In-depth participant orientation
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Robust support, including opportunities for cultural and professional networking
  • Responsive customer service and 24-hour emergency support
  • Program monitoring through evaluations
  • Help with J-2 visas for qualified participant dependents

What does the program cost and what is included?

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Program costs vary, but will include:

  • Thorough vetting of host organizations
  • In-depth participant orientation
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Robust support, including opportunities for cultural and professional networking
  • Responsive customer service and 24-hour emergency support
  • Program monitoring through evaluations
  • Help with J-2 visas for qualified participant dependents


Contact us with more questions about what the program costs and what is included.

Do I need to pay U.S. taxes?

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If you receive a salary, a stipend, an honorarium, or any other kind of pay, you will be subject to all applicable federal, state, and local income taxes. However, you will not be subject to Social Security, Medicaid, or federal unemployment tax.

What if I have a problem during my program?

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Our customer service team is here to help you navigate and resolve any problems that arise during your program. They will work with you to address the issue and may also contact your host organization to determine their willingness or ability to resolve the problem.

You can call CIEE customer service at 1-888-268-6245 or email contact@ciee.org.