No, there is no guarantee that you will be granted a J-1 Visa at the US Embassy. We ensure that each participant has the necessary documents for their visa interview and assist in appealing any visa denial decisions. The Embassy [...]
You can expect to arrive in the USA within 6 to 8 weeks from the time of receiving the Letter of Offer by the host employer.
If you do not already have a social security number, you will need to apply for one five days after your official program start date. We will provide you with information to apply.
Like everyone else who works in the U.S., you too must pay your taxes BUT you don’t have to pay all of them. Taxes You Should Not Pay: Social Security Tax Medicare Federal Unemployment Taxes You Should Pay: Federal Income [...]
Yes, your sponsor organization will provide basic health insurance for the duration of your program and will pay for the insurance from your program fees. You will receive information on your insurance upon receiving your DS-2019 form from your sponsor [...]
The DS-2019 Form is the document that allows you to apply for the J-1 Visa in the USA. The DS-2019 form is also called “Certificate of Eligibility”. It is issued to you by a US Department of State-designated sponsor organization.
Yes, you are responsible for organizing and paying for your travel to the USA.
As a J-1 program participant, you have the option to remain in the country up to 30 days past the end date of your Form DS-2019. This is called the “Grace Period.” The grace period allows participants to travel in [...]
Yes, we can place you with a friend/ partner or you can choose the location of your program, based on availability. You MUST inform us of any placement preferences or specific location requests on the online HPUSA registration application. Please [...]
Most Work and Travel employers offer on site housing for students. Make sure you’ve read your job offer agreement closely to understand whether your host employer has arranged housing for you. Housing is usually in an apartment, motel or dormitory [...]