Please submit the applicant's resume and training site information to Kate or Melissa prior to completing our application.
We will review the applicant, training site, and training category for eligibility prior to accepting applications.  If we deem the training program to meet our standards, we will send you all the required documentation. Please do not send application materials prior to receiving our approval.  Kate Windle:, Melissa Zwick:

CIPUSA Global Partner Forms




CIPUSA offers two programs for foreign nationals wishing to train in the U.S.
The two programs are called the Global Partner Program (training program has been secured) and the CORE Program (training program has not been secured).  Each program requires the participant to enter the U.S. using a J-1 training visa.

Global Partner Program Overview

Introduces international professionals to U.S. organization and companies through prearranged practical training programs. This program was established to assist American companies and organizations in bringing international professionals to the U. S. for training and to assist individuals who have secured a training placement with U.S. based organizations. This program can take place anywhere in the U.S. 

Global Partner Program Eligibility:

Training Areas

Global Partner Programs training can be in a variety of fields and can last for up to 18 months. Training areas include:
•    Architecture •    Finance •    Public Management
•    Business •    Information Media  •    Social Services
•    Commerce •    Law
•    Health-Related
•    Communications •    Library Science •    Special Education*
•    Engineering •    Management •    Education**

*CIPUSA can provide trainees with position in health-related occupations, such as learning how to create and use medical devices or learning about program planning and implementation in health education. CIPUSA regretfully cannot offer programs that involve physical interaction with patients or direct patient care.
**CIPUSA can arrange for training for those interested in curriculum development or educational administration. CIPUSA cannot offer programs that involve direct teaching.
If you have questions about whether CIPUSA can sponsor a particular training field, please call or email our headquarters: +1-440-247-1088 or
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Trainee, Training Site and CIPUSA Responsibilities:

The participant or the placement site is responsible for arranging the training program and finances for the trainee’s stay in the U.S. including living, insurance and transportation costs. The participant and the placement site are required to create a training plan documenting the participant’s time spent training including goals and skills that will be learned. CIPUSA will assist with training plans and will provide the participant J-1 sponsorship and support to complete the process. Please see more detailed descriptions of responsibilities below.

Trainee Responsibilities:
  • Providing roundtrip airfare
  • Negotiating any compensation from the training site
  • Arranging living accommodations
  • Arranging travel to and from training site
  • Paying the CIPUSA administrative fee (this can be paid by the training site as well)
  • Arranging the required health insurance
  • Committing to learning and professional development
  • Submit all required CIPUSA paperwork (evaluations, etc.) in a timely manner.
  • Adhere to all J-1 training visa regulations during the training program
Training Site Responsibilities:
  • Creating a well-designed DS-7002 training plan for the trainee
  • Providing a supervisor for the trainee
  • Sign a contract with CIPUSA for hosting the trainee
  • Providing the trainee with an orientation to the U.S., local city, and U.S. culture
  • Assisting the trainee with living accommodations, getting acquainted with the U.S., traveling to and from the training site, and educational/cultural opportunities.
  • Providing the trainee with an overall enriching training program
CIPUSA or its affiliate offices will provide:
  • Support in designing a training plan
  • Sponsorship for the J-1 training visa by arranging the DS 2019 forms
  • Health insurance if needed
  • Information about the U.S.
  • Support with cultural or educational activities if desired
  • Evaluations throughout the program
  • Support throughout the program

CIPUSA Global Partner Program Application Process

If you would like to participate in CIPUSA’s Global Partners Program, please send the applicant's resume, training site information, and the training field to Kate Windle, Director of Programs, or Melissa Zwick, Program Coordinator.  Our pre-approval will save you time and resources, as well as streamline our application process.  Kate can be reached at, Melissa at
Upon approval, we will ask you to submit the following:
  • Completed CIPUSA Global Partner Program Application in English (please type or print clearly)
  • Complete mailing address, home or work telephone number and active email address
  • Copy of passport
  • American style resume (include all volunteer and internship experiences in addition to professional background)
  • Copies of all degrees or certificates
  • Two letters of professional reference
  • Program fees
  • DS-7002 Training Plan - Completed & signed by applicant & training site supervisor (CIPUSA will review for final approval) - Templates in a variety of training areas are available from CIPUSA.  Please email Kate or Melissa for more information.

Program fees:

All fees must be paid before CIPUSA will send the J-1 sponsorship forms (DS 2019). Fees can be paid by check from an American based organization, money order, or credit card. Once CIPUSA has received payment for services we will send you the necessary documents.  

Current program fees:
In addition to the CIPUSA fee all J-1 trainees are now subject to a $180 USD SEVIS fee. This fee is being imposed to support the U.S. Government Student Exchange and Visitor Information System to maintain accurate and secure information on exchange visitors to the United States. This fee must be paid prior to your U.S. Embassy visit. U.S. Embassies will not issue a J-1 visa until this fee has been paid. CIPUSA will process this fee on behalf of the trainee. For further information about SEVIS please visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement web site at
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Expedite Service

Normal processing time for CIPUSA is 6-10 business days. For an additional $600 Expedite fee, CIPUSA can process the application within 3-5 business days. This service is based on CIPUSA receiving a complete application, training plan, additional forms, and all fees paid in full.

J-2 Dependents

If a Global Partner participant needs to bring a dependent to the U.S. with them, the applicant should complete the CIPUSA application J-2 dependent section as required. The cost for J-2 sponsorship for each dependent is $750 USD. Please be aware that J-2 dependents to be employed while in the U.S must apply to the USCIS. Please contact CIPUSA for more information on J-2 dependents.

After submitting an application to CIPUSA.....

Once CIPUSA receives the completed application form, signed DS-7002 training plan, host site agreement form, and administrative fees, CIPUSA will begin reviewing the application. An approved CIPUSA staff member or recruiter will interview the participant by Skype or telephone. The CIPUSA application review process is as follows:
CIPUSA will review the application and signed DS-7002 training plan. If it meets CIPUSA requirements it will be submitted for J-1 training visa sponsorship. CIPUSA processing time is generally 7-10 business days. (Should you request expedited processing, CIPUSA can review your application within 3-5 business days for an additional $600. Please note that a completed application, signed DS-7002 training plan and administrative fee payment are required for the expedite process) . If the application is approved CIPUSA will send all necessary documents (DS 2019 form) to the address listed on the application. CIPUSA will not send original papers to any party other than the applicant applying and application materials must be sent to the applicant's home country.

NOTE: CIPUSA cannot send out any Global Partner documents until both the administrative fees and the $180 USD SEVIS fee has been paid.  

For further information about the Global Partner Program please contact CIPUSA at