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Internship USA

Price $1800 From 1-12 Months
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Internship USA

$1800 per person

Ever imagined yourself living in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, or spending your weekends on the beautiful beaches of California? SWAP can help you make that dream a reality! Spend up to a year interning and living abroad in the US of A with a US Work Visa for Canadians.

With incredible national parks, energetic city centres, and 50 states that all offer something unique and exciting, the USA is one of the world’s most popular destinations for a reason. Immerse yourself in the energy and bustle of American culture, enjoy a diversity of cuisines, take in historical landmarks, and discover the country’s hidden gems!

The US Work Visa for Canadians provides opportunities that allow you to set yourself apart with invaluable experience in the world’s largest economy. Grow your career in a dynamic American business environment, all while experiencing life in a new country. If you’re ready to bulk up your resume and have the adventure of a lifetime, look no further!

From 1-12 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.
US Work Visa for Canadians
Thinking about taking the leap?
International travel is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.

Status: Be a Canadian post-secondary student (or an international student studying at a Canadian institution) or a recent graduate up to 12 months after graduation.

Placement: Secure an internship that is directly related to your field of study or the major in the degree that you obtained.

Language: Have a sufficient level of English to function in an American internship.

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 $1500 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 14 months (12 months of interning, 2 months of in-country travel).

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

What's Included in 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.
Obtaining a US Work Visa for Canadians with SWAP is easy!

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 internship opportunity related to your current field of study, complete the Internship USA Profile Form and review the US Work Visa for Canadians Pricing.

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

Step 4: Your internship 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

It’s time to start your US adventure!

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