International Careers

On March 31, 2021, Presidential Proclamation 10052 (suspending entry of various non-resident alien visa categories) expired. This proclamation, originally issued in June 2020 and extended in January 2021, suspended the issuance of certain nonimmigrant visa categories, including the J-1 intern and trainee.

While this is terrific news, it is unfortunately only one step towards resuming the Exchange Visitor Program. Until the Schengen travel restrictions are lifted, embassies in these countries will not resume routine visa services. J-1 visa applicants are still not able to get visa appointments because they cannot travel to the United States directly from the restricted countries.

Quick facts:

  • Presidential Proclamation 10052 took effect June 24, 2020 and expired March 31, 2021.
  • The H-1B, H-2B, L and J visa categories were concerned (included J-1 Interns and Trainees).
  • Presidential Proclamation 10143, issued January 25, 2021, suspends entry of noncitizens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry. This proclamation replaced PP 9993 issued on March 11, 2020, by the previous administration.


Given that the travel restrictions are still in place, we are maintaining our suspension of the processing of new, incoming J-1 Exchange Visitor requests until:


1.    Presidential Proclamation 10143 on travel restrictions from the Schengen area countries is lifted.

2.    U.S. embassies and consulates resume routine visa services for J-1 visas.

We will continue to keep our entire community updated as the situation evolves.


While Exchange Visitor Interns and Trainees may complete their mission in cities throughout the United States, sponsorship of the program is centralized at the FACC New York Chapter.


For all further instructions, future program evolutions and updates, please refer to or contact your Account Manager.

Visa Sponsorship for French Interns & Trainees

The French-American Chamber of Commerce has helped prepare thousands of international young professionals and students for a future in the global economy through our International Career Development Programs. We first opened our doors to exchange programs 45 years ago under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (the Fulbright-Hays Act), bringing young French professionals to train in American subsidiaries of French companies under the J-1 Exchange Visitor Intern/Trainee programs.

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VIEs Sponsorship

The FACC further supports cultural exchange and international career advancement through a long-standing partnership with Business France, providing J-1 visas to eligible European citizens to participate in internship and training programs as French Volunteers for International Experiences (VIEs). Our U.S.-based sponsored training program has benefited more than 66,000 young French men and women since 1983.

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Visa Sponsorship Services for Americans in France

In the spirit of reciprocity and international understanding, the FACC American Outbound program provides visa sponsorship services for qualified young Americans aspiring to work in France and companies interested in hosting them for up to 18 months.

Since 1992, the FACC’s International Career Development Programs (ICDP) has partnered with French government agencies, the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII) as well as the French Regional Labor Bureaus (DIRECCTE), to expedite candidates’ visas and work authorizations.

Through the assistance of our ICDP department, candidates who have secured a job offer in France may obtain a work visa for a 18 month “CDD” that allows them to train in France.

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Job Boards for Exchange Visitors and U.S. Work-Authorized Job Seekers

As a service to both our member companies and professionals in each region, FACC Chapters regularly feature job and internship opportunities and the profiles of highly-qualified job and internship seekers. The functions sought range from sale and marketing, to business development, finance, supply chain and more in a broad variety of sectors including retail and luxury goods, food and beverage, automobile, industry, technology, pharmaceuticals/biosciences, financial services, logistics and many others. Visit your local Chapter’s website to learn more about the recruitment services it offers.

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Cultural Exchange and Citizen Diplomacy

We believe that international goodwill begins at an individual level, resonating upwards through various levels of government and private partnerships to create strong economic ties between France and the United States.

Competitive Advantage

Distinguish your CV by taking an active role in large-scale projects and operations, proving your ability to adapt, strategize, problem solve and communicate effectively.


Perfect your second language and build upon your academic level with mastery of a specific business vocabulary and understanding of cultural references.


Gain valuable experience in your field and position. Better understand the challenges and opportunities of each, on a local and global scale.


Meet colleagues with diverse perspectives and professionals from the business community in your city of residency. Engage with top thought leaders during roundtable discussions, social networking events and more.