Program Fees & Costs


If you have found a job as a teacher in the USA and need a visa, you can use our SELF-PLACEMENT PROGRAM. The fees can be paid either by the participant or by the host school. You can apply for the GEC Teach USA program 100% FREE and wait for a job offer from a school in GEC Partner School Network. Placement is not guaranteed. Schools make the final hiring decisions.
Application fee $0 (GEC does not charge an application fee.) $0  (GEC does not charge an application fee.)
Placement Fee $0  (GEC does not charge a placement fee.) $0  (GEC does not charge a placement fee.)
1-year program fee $2950 $0  (GEC does not charge a program fee.)
Program fee / each additional year $1250 $0  (GEC does not charge a program fee.)

The program fee includes the following;

  • Review and processing of an application for sponsorship
  • J-1 Visa sponsorship (DS-2019 form)
  • SEVIS fee ($220)
  • Courier fee
  • Program pre-departure orientation and materials
  • Monitoring of the program in the U.S.
  • 24/7 in-country support from GEC

Other Application and Pre-departure Expenses;

  • Visa Interview Fee: $185
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation: $200 – $ 350
  • Exchange Visitor Insurance (Required for each and J2 visa holder)
  • Airfare to and from the U.S.

Additional Expenses GEC may charge (Optional Services);

  • Change of host employer: $750
  • Reprinting DS-2019 form : $150 + shipping
  • J2 visa sponsorship: $ 550 / year for each dependent
  • Travel validation: $70
  • Program extension application: $750
  • Extended program sponsorship: $950
  • Expedited application (J1/J2): $200

Expenses after You Arrive in the U.S

  • State teaching license: $100 -$350
  • Housing, transportation, meals, and personal expenses.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellation of the program for any reason (including visa refusal) after application review and acceptance by the GEC will incur the following cancellation fees:

  • If GEC is advised of the cancellation at least 28 days before DS- 2019 start date: $500
  • If GEC is advised of the cancellation 27 days to 1 day before the DS 2019 start date: $ 1000
  • If GEC is not advised until on or after DS 2019 start date: The entire program fee
  • A $500 cancelation fee applies if a ”GEC Placement” program participant abandons the program before the end of the first school year.
  • Cancellation/visa denial for J2 dependent visa: $300