J-1 How to Apply


Please ensure that you have read in full the J-1 overview and eligibility requirements. 

Before sending your application and payment by mail, please submit a soft copy of your application for preliminary review and acceptance by the American Australian Association to J1visa@aaanyc.org

Application Documents

1) Download and complete the Student Work Travel Participant Application Form
2) Sign &
complete the
Employment Conditions Acknowledgement Form

Payment Information

3) Pay AAA application and membership fees (refer Schedule of Fees). Note: The application and membership fee is payable in full at the time the hard copy application is submitted to the Association.

Payment can be made by:
  •   US drawn check made payable to the 'American Australian Association'
  •   Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) - Payment form
  •   Wire transfer - If using this method, please be sure to include ANY international
      bank transfer fees into the wired amount. The full payment must be received.

      American Australian Association bank account details:

          Name: Chase Bank N.A.
          Address: 42 Broadway, New York, NY, 10004
          ABN: 021000021
          Account: 530 978 720
          Swift Code: CHASUS33

Supporting Documents

4)   Collect and attach supporting documents (see required documents below)
  •   Two character reference letters
  •   Certified copies of each of the following documents must accompany your AAA application
  •   Australian or New Zealand passport – biographic page and all stamped passport pages;
  •   Proof of tertiary enrollment, including completion of first year and ongoing study or graduation certificate
  •   Proof of medical insurance * coverage and purchase receipt
  •   Evidence of sufficient financial funds (at least US $1,500) to cover start up costs


5)   Mail the completed and signed application form with payment and supporting documents to:

J-1 Exchange Program

American Australian Association

50 Broadway, Suite 2003

New York NY 10004

6)   AAA will screen your application. If you are eligible we will issue you with a DS-2019 Form.


7)   After you have received your DS-2019 from the Association you must pay the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) processing fee. This payment must be made before you can apply to a United States Embassy or Consulate for a visa to the United States.  For further information and to pay online please visit https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/


8)   Please check the following websites: www.state.govwww.uscis.gov/working-united-states/students-and-exchange-visitors or if you are living in Australia canberra.usembassy.gov/exch_visitor_visa.html for current information on how to apply and pay for a J-1 Visa.  Usually applicants must make an advance appointment to submit the J-1 visa application and attend an interview at the US Embassy or Consulate in your area. 


Note: It is strongly advised that you do not book or pay for airfares or accommodation until after you have received your US visa.


Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation the AAA will:

  • Refund US $550 and membership fee if cancelation is requested prior to issuance of the DS-2019 Form;
  • No refund on the administrative fee will be provided after issuance of the DS-2019 Form; however the Association will refund the membership fee in full.


Contact Us

Please email program enquiries to: J1visa@aaanyc.org

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