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Professional Career Training USA

Price $1800 From 1-18 Months
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Professional Career Training USA

$1800 per person

If you are looking to advance in your professional field, an abundance of opportunity awaits you in the USA!

The Professional Career Training (PCT) program is designed for post-secondary graduates who want to learn about American culture while continuing to build a career in their field at a US company. In addition to getting highly distinctive training, this US work visa for Canadians will give you the opportunity to grow your international network and immerse yourself in the American lifestyle.

Stand out from the crowd with invaluable training experience in the world’s largest economy, learn about the latest developments in your field, and grow your career in a dynamic American business environment. Do not miss this rare opportunity!


From 1-18 Months
16+ Age
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
Professional Career Training USA
Thinking about taking the leap?
The US work Visa for Canadians is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.

Experience: Have a post-secondary degree and 1 year of full-time work experience OR have 5 years of full-time work experience in your field.

Placement: Secure a traineeship that is directly related to your field of study/job experience.

Nationality: Canadian passport holders or international students enrolled in a Canadian institution.

Required Savings: You must be able to support yourself during your time in the US and provide proof of financial support (min $1,500 USD/month in the USA). This can be presented via a bank statement or a guarantor letter.

Criminal Check:Must have no criminal record.

Health Insurance: Health insurance is provided through Aetna for the duration of your time in the USA.

Registration Timeline: You are allotted 2 weeks to complete your application. After submitting your application, the review process can take 6-8 weeks. Do not make travel or accommodation arrangements until your program coordinator lets you know that everything is good to go.

Duration: You can stay in the USA for up to 20 months (18 months of training, 2 months of in-country travel).

Start Date: You can start at any time of the year!

What's Included with the US Work Visa for Canadians
  • Personalized assistance in reviewing and editing the necessary application forms.
  • Your J-1 visa and SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) registration
  • Your GO SWAP Kit, which includes:
    • Your J-1 visa document
    • SEVIS receipt
    • Insightful pre-departure and border crossing literature
    • Online participant handbook that has important information on SEVIS, social security, taxes, visa rules and regulations
  • Mandatory orientation upon visa approval, which covers required documents, health insurance, visa rules and regulations, and much more.
  • Local US staff who will monitor your internship on an ongoing basis, ensuring that it meets your described and agreed upon Training/Internship Placement Plan.
  • Access to a toll-free, 24/7 emergency number.
  • Optional health insurance coverage for the full duration of your stay in the United States.
When it comes to training and living in the USA, US work visa for Canadians is easy with SWAP!
Feel free to contact us with any questions you have as you get ready to take the first step.

Step 1: Make sure you’re eligible to apply.

Step 2: Once you've found a USA training opportunity related to your current field of professional work, complete the Professional Career Training USA Profile Form and review the Professional Career Training USA Program Pricing.

Step 3: Once completed, email the profile form to the Traineeship Program Coordinator at internships@swap.ca.

Step 4: Your traineeship coordinator will determine your eligibility for the program. They will then open up an online application form and training plan for you.

Step 5: You complete your application and training plan with the help of your host organization.

Step 6: After reviewing your application, we’ll process your program payment, and submit your application.

Step 7: 6-8 weeks later, your application will be approved, and your visa documents will be sent to you.

Step 8: You’ll go through our online pre-departure orientation to make sure you’re prepared for your trip.

Step 9: It’s time to start your US adventure!

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