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J1 Summer Work Travel and Camp Counselor

Be Prepared – Apply early to make the most of the J1 experience!

November 1, 2022

Who Qualifies?

  • 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-2019
    • Passport
    • DS-160 Confirmation Page
    • Photograph
  • 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.