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College and university students enrolled full time and pursuing studies at post-secondary accredited academic institutions located outside the United States may come to the United States to share their culture and ideas with people of the United States through temporary work and travel opportunities. 


Summer Work Travel students must be:

  • Sufficiently proficient in English to successfully interact in an English speaking environment;

  • Post - Secondary school students enrolled in and actively pursuing a degree or other full-time course of study at an accredited classroom based, post-secondary educational institute outside of the US;

  • Have successfully completed at least one semester or equivalent of post-secondary academic study; and

  • Pre-placed in a job prior to entry unless from a visa waiver country. 

Employers of J-1 Summer Work Travel participants must:

  • Provide participants the number of hours of paid employment per week as identified on the job offer and agreed to when the sponsor vetted the jobs;

  • Pay those participants eligible for overtime worked in accordance with applicable state or federal law;

  • Notify sponsors promptly when participants arrive at the work site and begins their programs; when there are any changes or deviations in the job placements during the participants’ programs; when participants are not meeting the requirements of job placements; or when participants leave their position ahead of their planned departure; and

  • Contact sponsors immediately in the event of any emergency involving participants or any situation that impacts the health, safety or welfare of participants.


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