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Mission Statement

The Council of International Programs Chicago (CIP Chicago) is a non-profit international educational exchange program, committed to promoting international understanding through professional development and cross-cultural exchange. CIP Chicago works with area businesses and non-profit organizations in developing high quality, work-based training opportunities and recruiting and placing highly qualified and motivated professionals to match those opportunities. CIP arranges J-1 visa for visiting professionals. Founded in 1960 to promote cross-cultural exchange between the U.S. and post war Germany, today CIP Chicago functions as an affiliate of CIP USA that works with the U.S. Department of State in arranging the J-1 visa exchange visitor program. Over the years CIP has brought nearly 10,000 international professionals from 147 countries to the United States for practical training. Many of these have come to Chicago.


CIP Chicago identifies work and training opportunities with businesses and non-profit organizations in Illinois and recruits highly qualified professionals from around the world, arranges J-1 Visa for these professionals. CIP Chicago arranges timely and affordable J-1 visa.

CIP designs and conducts orientation for the professionals we recruits, upon their arrival in the U. S. that covers a variety of relevant topics such as American work habits, lifestyle , local transportation, systems of education, government, religion, separation of state and church etc. This intensive program prepares the visiting professionals to start their work and learning without any further delay.

CIP Chicago also arranges periodic review of performances as desired by the host institution and organizes periodic cultural enrichment activities. As one of nine affiliate offices nationwide, the CIP Chicago staff is committed to ensuring that each individual completes a well designed training program that meets the needs of the host institution while also fulfils their own professional and personal needs.

To learn how your organization could benefit from this program send an email to gp@cipchicago.org or call 630 616 1414



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