Site Visits

This page applies only to hosts of J-1 interns and trainees.

Host organizations new to the program may require a site visit from a CIEE-designated representative, so we can ensure a positive, productive professional environment. This is a U.S. Department of State requirement. Visits are very short – 5 to 15 minutes – so they will be easy to fit into your day. The designated representative will take a few pictures of the site of activity, the intern or trainee's work space and collect your business card.

For some hosts, visits are not necessary. For example, you’re exempt if you have hosted an intern or trainee with CIEE within the last three years or you’re an academic institution, or federal, state, or local government office.

In addition, you’re exempt if you meet both of the following criteria:

  • You have more than 25 full-time staff members
  • You generate more than $3 million in annual revenue

If you’re not sure whether your organization is allowed to host, or you want to know more about position limitations and site visits, please give us a call at 1-888-369-1620, or send an email.