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Living in the U.S.

Pre-Arrival

Before traveling to the U.S. BAFF will organize an orientation and reception for all participants.

Pre-Arrival

This section is designed to help BAFF participants who have been accepted into our programs deal with typical questions and prepare them for the challenges they’ll face in the initial weeks of their program and onward.

You’ve been accepted into one of the BAFF prestigious scholarship programs. Now what?

Expect exceptional and personalized support from acceptance through the last day of your program. BAFF staff members in the In-region office and in the United States will be in constant communication preparing you to pursue your exchange program in the U.S.

Visas

For BAFF Professional Internship and Research Scholar program participants, BAFF will prepare and send a document package that contains:

  • Form DS 2019 – "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status"
  • Form I-901 – Paper Receipt for the SEVIS fee
  • Form DS-7002 – Training/Internship Placement Plan
  • Confirmation of Insurance

To be eligible for an internship or research in the U.S., program participants must receive a J-1 visa. To apply, just follow the procedures laid out in the following links:

In Estonia: U.S. Embassy in Estonia
In Latvia: U.S. Embassy in Latvia
In Lithuania: U.S. Embassy in Lithuania

Flights

Professional Internship and Research Scholar program participants will be provided with flight arrangements according to the term of their internship. Your BAFF/CIEE contact person will provide you with additional information on the logistics.

BAFF Orientation

Before traveling to the U.S. to begin your intern, study, or research program, BAFF will organize an orientation and reception for all participants. You’ll be notified of the exact date, time, and location by email. The orientation will cover a variety of topics of great importance to the success of your experience. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and network with all participants who have been accepted into a BAFF program.

Armed with your necessary travel documents, possessions, and a place to stay upon arrival in the U.S., you will be completely prepared to embark on an exciting experience!

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