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#86Eligibility Checklist for Hosts
The Eligibility Checklist for Hosts ( lists the eligibility criteria associated with US organizations’ participation in BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) Exchange Visitor Program, administered by DOS-designated program sponsor FUSIA, under the name of “the Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP)” or “(the) program” as hosts.
1 Eligible entities. Hosts (1) are a US-based public or private entity that have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) used for tax purposes as per 22 CFR Part 62.22(g)(3)(i); (2) are not a staffing/employment agency as per 22 CFR Part 62.23(j)(3); (3) have been in business and operational for at least six months; (4) have (and are able to provide proof of the continued possession of) a valid worker's compensation insurance policy, an insurance policy that provides equivalent or better workers’ compensation coverage, or evidence of a state exemption from the requirement of workers’ compensation coverage as per 22 CFR Part 62.22(g)(3)(iii) that covers FUSIA participant(s), including unpaid interns who aren’t on the payroll, throughout the program period unless the host can provide evidence of a state exemption from the requirement of workers’ compensation coverage; (5) have a website and are able to provide credible third-party proofs that allow FUSIA to verify information provided by the host as per 22 CFR Part 62.22(g)(3)(ii).

2 Aligned intent and objectives. Hosts must (1) not use exchange internship/training programs as “substitutes for ordinary employment or work purposes” as per 62.22(b)(1)(ii); (2) not use such programs to “displace full or part-time or temporary or permanent American workers or serve to fill a labor need” as per 62.22(f)(2)(v); (3) ensure that the positions exist primarily to assist the participants in achieving the objectives of their program objectives as per 62.22(f)(2)(v). Specifically, hosts should acknowledge that (4) exchange programs aren’t alternatives for the H-1B visa or a temporary bridge between F-1 OPT or another visa type; (5) participants are required to leave the US during the grace period after successful completion of their programs; (6) while programs are ongoing, they shouldn’t offer employment to the participants or assist them in remaining in the US beyond their program period by changing their visa type or finding them employment in the US; (7) after completion of programs, hosts shouldn’t hire the participants within 90 days of the program end dates as stated in their Form DS-2019 issued by FUSIA.

3 Continuous onsite supervision. Hosts must provide participants with “continuous on-site supervision” and “on-the-job” training and mentoring by sufficiently “experienced and knowledgeable staff” as per 22 CFR Part 62.22(f)(2). Specifically, (1) each site on Form DS-7002 requires at least two full-time employees onsite; (2) each participant requires at least one MPS; (3) each program requires at least one PPS; (4) both MPS and PPS are employees of the host who are on the payroll, have a company-assigned email, have proper education, and are authorized to sign related program documents on behalf of the host; (5) PPS works full-time, onsite, and has (a) postsecondary or above education and at least one year of professional experience in the training field OR (b) proper education plus at least two years of professional experience in the training field as per Form DS-7002. Hosts are encouraged to assign supporting supervisors as needed to ensure continuous onsite supervision with oversight. MPS who meets the requirements of being PPS may serve as PPS. Check out for more.

4 Interview and offer. Proper screening of the applicants is required. To comply, hosts should have (1) conducted a documented interview via webcam and/or in-person with each participant to confirm that they possess necessary English proficiency and skills, knowledge, and other personal qualities required for the position as per 22 CFR Part 62.22(f)(3); (2) confirmed that they “are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States” or “have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to” their program start date as stated in their Form DS-2019; (3) issued an offer letter, undertaking, or equivalent that lists necessary details, e.g., program dates, compensation, HR policies, to each prospective participant.