Be Prepared – Apply early to make the most of the J1 experience!
- Full-time students at a post-secondary academic program in educational institution who plan to continue their studies
- Must be maintaining a full course of study
- No age limits
- No limit on number of times participating
- Must speak English well enough to satisfy the consular officer that they can fully participate in their proposed program
- Final year students may apply to participate during academic break immediately following their graduation provided they apply for and are issued a J1 visa before their final year ends
What is a U.S. Sponsor?
- You must be sponsored by a State Department-designated sponsor to be part of this program
- Sponsors pre-arrange employment and provide relevant information to you
- You can reach out to a sponsor on your own or use an agency
- For a full list of sponsors, go to j1visa.state.gov/programs/summer-work-travel
- Your agency coordinator will help you find a job and housing. Some agencies help with other logistics as well, depending on your package.
NOTE: The U.S. Department of State does not endorse any particular agency/coordinator
Steps you need to take
- Receive your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility through your sponsor.
- Complete the DS-160 Online Application, https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/.
- Book your interview and pay the visa fee – Apply Early!
When you come to the Embassy
- Make sure you have your
- DS-160 Confirmation Page
- Photograph must be 2X2 inches in size – carefully review the requirements!
- Arrive on time, no more than 10 minutes early.
- No electronics can come into the Embassy; leave your laptops and large bags at home.
- Your passport will be returned within 10 working days.