1. Visa Application Documents
Please complete the documentation as described under a-g below, scan and email to [email protected]
Do not send anything by postal mail. Make copies of all documents for your records.
a. Check ListCheck List
Print and check off items as you complete them and submit the SACC-USA check list together with the rest of the documentation.
b. Application Forms
Please fill in and complete the following:
c. Copy of Insurance Policy or Policy Summary in English
We suggest that you purchase an insurance policy from a Swedish insurance provider since Swedish insurance policies are generally more comprehensive than American ones. However, if you prefer an American policy, we accept Axis Insurance
underwritten by Sweden-based Sirius Insurance Corporation.
At a minimum, the insurance policy should cover:
- $100,000 per accident/illness
- $50,000 medical evacuation
- $25,000 repatriation of remains
You may want to request several insurance quotes and compare coverage and costs. Make sure you understand details such as exclusions, deductibles and coinsurance.
If you are a student, you may already be covered by insurance through your school free of charge to you, so please check with your school before purchasing your own policy.
Please note that you cannot use the 45 days travel insurance included in a Swedish homeowner insurance (hemförsäkring) as it generally does NOT cover internships/work/studies in the US. In most cases you need to buy a separate policy for the entire internship period.
d. Copy of Passport
Please note that your passport must be valid six months beyond the end of your training.
e. Copy of Transcript
Provide a copy of your transcript if you are a current student. If you have graduated, provide a copy of diploma/certificate. If your eligibility is based on five years work experience, please provide proof of such experience.
f. CV and Letter of Application
Resume and letter of application should be written in English. The letter of application must state the following:
- The reasons for your training in the U.S. in relation to your future career development and what you hope to gain from your traineeship.
- Your intention to leave the U.S. and return to Sweden upon completion of your training in the U.S.
Keep in mind that the J-1 visa is for practical training, it is not a work visa. Therefore, use terminology such as internship, traineeship, receive training in, get practical international experience, etc. Avoid words like “work” and “job” as they do not adequately describe a J-1 internship/traineeship.
The letter should be dated and signed and emailed or faxed with the rest of the documentation. Please make the letter out to:The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce, Inc.
Attn.: Karin Hammar
House of Sweden
2900 K Street N.W., Suite 401
Washington, DC 20007
g. Two letters of Reference
Letters should be on letterhead, dated and signed. They could be written by a current or former professor, a current or former employer, or an organization you have volunteered for. Ideally, the reference letters should be written recently for the specific purpose of obtaining a trainee position in the U.S. and describe you as a person and how the proposed traineeship will be a good complement to your studies and benefit you in you future career. However, we also accept letters written for other purposes such as a reference letter already in your possession from a previous employment, internship or volunteer activity. Copies of such letters are fine as long as they are dated within the last couple of years. Reference letters can be forwarded by you or they can be sent directly to SACC-USA by the person writing the letter.