Down to Details: Jazzing Up the J-1 Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)

Down to Details: Jazzing Up the J-1 Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)

Down to Details: Jazzing Up the J-1 Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002) (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 07/11/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

In order to approve a prospective J-1 cultural exchange applicant as an intern or trainee, a U.S. Department of State (DOS) designated J-1 exchange visitor program sponsor must first analyze and approve the work-based learning or training provided by the U.S. host organization. The Training/Internship Placement Plan, or Form DS-7002, is a crucial tool for program approval and monitoring. Program sponsors across the country review a significant amount of application materials each year to facilitate over 30,000 intern and trainee programs. Our faculty of experts will discuss the guidelines for work-based learning and training, with a renewed emphasis on the importance of the Form DS-7002. They also will provide tips for assisting clients in the development of a well-constructed plan, taking into account evolving DOS policy and compliance practices.

Featured Topics:

  • An overview of the J-1 Visa
    • Exchange visitor applicant and host organization eligibility
    • Role of the visa program sponsor
    • The consular application process
    • Program expectations
  • Training/Internship Placement Plan, Form DS-7002
    • Tips for assembling a successful and comprehensive plan
    • Importance of planning and including cultural activities
    • Risks associated with completing an incorrect form
  • How sponsors measure training program success

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Elizabeth L.A. Garvish (DL), AILA University Committee Chair, Atlanta, GA

Elizabeth L.A. Garvish founded Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC in 2011 with the mission to be the happiest law firm in America. In June 2022, Elizabeth was recognized as a Legal Innovator at the Daily Report’s Georgia and as one of the Georgia Titan 100. She is ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide and was included in the 2023 LawDragon Inaugural 100 Leading Immigration Lawyers Guide. She is a Past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA.

Lin R. Walker, Newark, NJ

Lin is a Business Immigration Partner with Meyner & Landis LLP. In addition to working as an Immigration Attorney, Lin worked as a High School Teacher for more than six years in New York City, where she taught a variety of science and interdisciplinary classes. Lin received her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her MEd from Lehman College, the City University of New York.

Tania Carswell, AILA J-1 Program Manager, American Immigration Council, Washington, D.C.

Tania Carswell is the J-1 Program Manager at the American Immigration Council, specializes in offering regulatory and practice expertise for the BridgeUSA J-1 visa program. She collaborates with the Exchange Team to create guidance and business development strategies that promote the program. Previously, she worked as an Immigration Specialist at multiple law firms. She also served as a Program Director for a designated BridgeUSA J-1 program sponsor, overseeing trainee, intern, and teacher programs.

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