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You will be accepted to the IWT program, then you will choose a summer job from a list of available positions. Your local IWT partner office will provide you with these options. If you choose to find your own job or have a prearranged job, your local IWT partner office can also confirm it for you and sponsor your J-1 Work Travel Visa.
The Work Travel Program offers entry-level jobs such as cashiers, housekeeping staff, kitchen help, resort workers, food and beverage attendants, ski lift operators, lifeguards, sales help, and more. Our host companies include hotels & resorts, ski resorts, national parks, amusement parks, retail stores, fast food restaurants, and more.
Work Travel participants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 years old.
If you want to participate in the Work Travel program, you must speak at least an intermediate English level. You should be able to communicate on your own. Your English level will help determine for which job positions you can apply.
The cost of your specific program is determined by your local IWT partner office representative if you are working with a partner office. Please apply and we will connect you with your local IWT partner office. In addition to the program fee, the embassy will charge you for your visa application; you will need to pay for a round trip flight to the U.S. and you will be responsible for the costs of your housing and meals. Eligibility & Pricing page.
In order to participate in the Work Travel Program you will need to have the appropriate J-1 Visitor Exchange Program Visa. The purpose of the Visitor Exchange Program is to provide foreign nationals with the opportunity to participate in educational and cultural programs in the U.S. The Exchange Visitor Program includes 13 different exchange program categories, of which the Work Travel Program is a part.
A J-1 Work Travel visa allows you to visit the U.S. and work for up to 4 months during your university summer vacation. After your 4 months, you will have 30 days to travel in the United States. This 30-day period is called a "Grace Period" in your visa documents.
The Independent service is for students who want to find a seasonal job for themselves. You must find a seasonal job that fits all the J-1 visa requirements and work with the Host Company directly. IWT will still help you with visa sponsorship paperwork, advice, and support.
Once you have contacted an agent in your home country and applied for the program it usually takes between 3-6 weeks for completion of all of the necessary paperwork.
By signing an IWT Job Offer, you are agreeing to work or train for a particular employer. IWT requires that you honor this commitment. However, if you are experiencing problems, we are here to assist you. You should always feel free to contact us at any time if you are experiencing difficulties.
If you are a Work Travel participant you can have two or more jobs. However, you must make sure that your second job does not conflict with the hours and responsibilities of the original job.
You may arrive up to 2 weeks before your program begins. This time gives you the opportunity to get settled in your housing, apply for your Social Security card, and learn your way around before starting your program. If you choose to arrive early and stay in the housing provided with the position, please contact IWT in advance to confirm your housing will be available.
You should bring enough money to pay for food and housing for your first month in the U.S. This is important, because you may not receive your first paycheck until after you've been working for two weeks. As a general rule, you should have enough money for one month's rent, and an additional $1,000 when you arrive.
All participants are required to have medical insurance. Most participants opt for insurance arranged by IWT, which includes basic travel insurance but does not cover pre-existing medical conditions. If you stay for the 30-day grace period it is your responsibility to maintain your medical insurance coverage by contacting us and purchasing an additional 30 days of insurance.
IWT offers a toll-free 24-hour emergency help line during your stay in the U.S.: 1-888-224-0450.
However, should you have life threatening emergency you should call the appropriate authorities (police, fire department and ambulance) by dialing 911 from any telephone.
There are no extensions for J-1 Work Travel programs past the maximum duration of the program. The program allows you 4 months to work at a seasonal position and then a 30-day "grace period" to travel around the United States.
We cannot change your program dates once you arrive in the United States.
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