APEX Foundation

Work and Travel USA (SWT) J1 Visa Sponsorship

Indonesian Work and Travel USA participants in Yellowstone

Work and Travel USA participants from Indonesia

Duration: Up to 4 months
Season:
Your summer vacations
Program Start: Flexible
Program Fee: $648 check Go4Free
Age: 18 through 28
Student Status: Full-time university students, incl. first/last year
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Participants from: All nationalities
When to apply:
For best results in October, November, December
Paid:
Yes (see Financial Guide below)

Overview

Work Travel USA is a cultural exchange program created by the US Government in order to allow international students to experience what the USA and the American people are really like.

To help achieve this goal, foreign full-time university/college students from all countries are permitted to get a paid summer job in the USA for up to 4 months during their summer vacations.

Only American non-profit organizations can be designated by the USA Department of State to be sponsors of this program. About 50,oo0 students from around the world participate each year.

Your own job placement and accommodation: With this program variant, you are allowed to arrange your own job placement, enclose your contract with your application, and only get the J1 visa sponsorship which allows you to work. If you wish to have your program placement arranged by your program sponsor for you, check Work Travel USA (SWT) with Job Placement.

How it works

Locations

You are allowed to work anywhere in the 50 states of the USA, i.e. including Alaska and Hawaii. If you haven’t arranged your job placement yet, take a look at the map below to get an idea where students usually work.

The areas with most pins are most crowded by foreign students, but it also means employers take them! In areas with fewer pins, fewer students will compete with you for jobs, but it may take you some explaining what the program is about and that you are going to be as legal to work for your employer as an American student.

Your best strategy is to seek jobs in both the crowded and not crowded areas.

Screenshot of Map of Work Travel USA Program Placements

Recent Placements

Click here for the full Google Map with details

Placements

Self-arranged job means, that you found it and arranged your job contract yourself, independently from your program sponsor. Most self-arranged students are repeat applicants who brought their contracts from their previous summer in America, or those whose friends help them arrange one.

Typical placements include hotels, restaurants, bars, fast foods, campgrounds, national parks, stores, supermarket chains etc. and include positions as receptionist, bar staff, restaurant staff, cook, housekeeper, sales help and other.

Higher level jobs are possible too! Students worked as computer programmers, accountants, security alarms installers, and in many other interesting jobs under this visa.

Under the Work Travel visa, you are not allowed to take the following jobs:

  • Childcare/Au Pairs
  • Medical Care/Nursing Homes
  • Domestic Work (in a family’s home)
  • Camp Counselors
  • Flight Attendants

Download the Work and Travel Self-Arranged Employment Agreement

Your program sponsor has the full authority to make the decision whether or not to sponsor your visa for a given job placement. You are unlikely to be sponsored for dangerous jobs, fisheries or fish processing companies, etc. If you’d rather have your job placement arranged by your program sponsor, click here.

Financial Guide

This is based on experiences of previous participants. The purpose is to give you an idea what to expect.

Wage: Usually $7.50 to $8.50 per hour
Some students are paid more, depending on their position, how good employees they are, and mainly if they are repeat participants. Some repeat participants make over $10 per hour. In some positions, such as housekeeping, you may be paid by room, not by hour. Tipped positions, such as waiter, can make you $12 per hour or more, if you know how to make the customers love you and leave you fat tips.

Accommodation: Usually $30 to $60 per week
Some students have their accommodation for free, some pay $80 per week or more, but those are unusual situations.

Calculation: 13 weeks, $8 per hour, $50 accommodation
$8 times 40 hours per week = $320 per week
$320 times 13 weeks = $4,160
$50 accommodation times 13 weeks = $650
Total: $4,160 – $650 = $3,510

Want to make more?
Students mostly report to have made between $4,000 and $6,000. How? They stay more weeks, or get a second job to have more work hours per week, or both.

Most common trouble?
Not enough work hours due to slow business. Contact your program sponsor for consultation, if you have fewer than 35 hours per week.

The Procedure
  1. Complete the web application, print, sign and send to us together with other documents.
  2. If you already have your job contract, enclose it with the program application.
  3. If you don’t, remember that you must deliver before the end of January 2012.
  4. If you are going to participate for the first time, you will be interviewed.
  5. After that, you receive instructions for payment of the Program Fee.
  6. We must receive your payment before the end of January 2012.
  7. After that, your visa sponsor will verify you job contract.
  8. After you job contract has been approved you visa documents are sent to you.
  9. You then apply for your visa.
  10. For summer program, most students arrive between the end of May and late June.
  11. For winter program, most students arrive in December.
  12. For spring program, most students arrive in March.
  13. After your arrival, you travel directly to your employer.
  14. Most students work 2.5 to 3 months and then travel for about 2 weeks.
  15. We hope that you will apply again and become our Student Cooperator after you come back :-)
  16. In February, the following year, you will do your American taxes and get your tax return.

Key Points

When to Apply:

  • For summer, the best time to apply is November, December and early January.
  • At the minimum, your complete application, including all required enclosures, interview report and payment must be in our possession before the end of January 2012.
  • After you apply, there may be errors in your application which will need to be corrected.
  • If you are a first-time applicants and you will have to be interviewed.
  • All this must be finished before you are accepted and receive payment instructions.
  • After that you’ll make the payment and that also takes time.
  • This is why you need to apply early to make sure you make the payment deadline.

Application Form:

  • Scroll down for the “Click here to apply” link. If you don’t have an account yet, you will be prompted to create it. After that, follow on-screen instructions. Complete the web-based application form and click Submit & Print. A page with further instructions will print together with the application form.
  • Send the complete application packet including the non-refundable $50 Application Processing Fee to our Application Processing Center.

Apply with friends:

  • Most students apply together with a friend, girlfriend or boyfriend.
  • This program is great for even large groups of friends who arrange themselves jobs in one location.

Selecting Program Dates:

  • This is the most critical part of the application! Students make mistakes every year.
  • Read “Duration”, “Arrival Date” and “Last day of work” below carefully!

Duration:

  • You can only participate in the program between the end of classes at your school before the summer vacations, and the beginning of classes at your school after the summer vacations.
  • The maximum period to participate is 4 months. In the event the break between classes at your school is longer than that, you can still participate only for 4 months.
  • Tip: It’s hard to find a placement shorter than 12 to 13 weeks.

Arrival date:

  • No fixed date.
  • Your arrival date may not be earlier than the end of classes before your vacations, as shown in your Student Status Verification Form!
  • You can not change your arrival date after you make the Program Fee payment! Keep this in mind when arranging your flight ticket.
  • Tip: For summer, it’s hard to find placements starting after about June 20th.

Last day of work:

  • Your Last day of work can not be later than the date when classes start at your school after the summer vacations, as shown in your Student Status Verification Form.
  • Regardless of how long your vacations are, the work-end date can not be later than 4 months after your arrival date.
  • Tip: For summer, it is hard to find a placement if you can’t work until the Labor Day (when is USA Labor Day).

Application Processing:

  • We will process your application, and let you know if it’s complete, or what is perhaps missing.

Interview:

  • The US Federal Regulations require that every first-time applicant must be interviewed.
  • This is to verify his/her level of English and having correct understanding of the rules of the program as well as correct expectations of it.
  • The interview takes place after the complete application packet has been delivered to APEX Foundation.
  • The interview may be conducted by an experienced previous participant of a work-involving international exchange program.

Payment Instructions:

  • If you are accepted, you will be sent instructions for payment of the Program Fee.

Payment Deadline:

  • Your Program Fee payment must be delivered to us before the end of January 2012. So make sure you apply well ahead of that date.

Flight ticket:

  • After your payment is confirmed as received and correct, you can buy your flight ticket.
  • A good source is for example http://www.expedia.com/.
  • You must arrive on the exact date that you entered in your application!
  • Tip: For summer, airfare is much more expensive for arrivals after June 15.
  • Tip: Most discounted tickets for the summer are available for sale in January and February.

Flight details:

  • You are required to send us your flight details, which we forward to your program sponsor.

Program Placement:

  • You must deliver your original Work Travel Employer Agreement (it will print together with the application form) signed by both you and your employer at least 2 months prior to your planned arrival.
  • It must contain at least: company name, address, contact info, job title, job details, wage, work hours, accommodation details.
  • Once we forward your Program Fee to the program sponsor, they will start calling all self-arranged employers to verify, that delivered job offers are accurate and appropriate.
  • Your DS-2019 form will NOT be issued until your job offer has been approved.
  • The program sponsor has the right to reject any job offer if the position is deemed to jeopardize the student’s well-being and/or safety, or doesn’t provide exposure to the culture and customs of the USA.
  • Tip: Ask your employer to be prepared for a call from your program sponsor. Your self-arranged placement will not be approved if the sponsor can’t reach your employer.

DS2019 and I-901 forms:

  • These are the documents you need in order to be able to apply for the J1 visa.
  • The program sponsor sends them after your self-arranged job placement has been approved.

Applying for visa:

  • Once you receive the DS2019 form you can apply for your visa.
  • As procedures change and are different in different countries, we recommend that you check your local US Embassy website for instructions as early as 3 months prior to your planned arrival and follow any news until you get your visa.

Participant Handbook:

  • A comprehensive Participant Brochure prepared by your visa sponsor comes with your DS2019.
  • It gives you a wealth of information for your arrival and your participation in the program.
  • It is available as a PDF file, which you download, print and take to the USA with you.

Arrival in the USA:

  • You can travel directly from your home country to your employer’s location.
  • Remember, that you must arrive in the USA on the date that you entered as your Arrival Date.
  • Call your program sponsor’s emergency number in the case of difficulties.

Traveling to the employer:

  • Once you have a flight ticket to your placement location arranged, call your employer and let him know when and where exactly you will arrive. Also call if something changes.
  • If your employer provides a pickup for you and you don’t arrive as expected, your relation won’t begin the best way.

SEVIS registration:

  • You are required by law to register into SEVIS within 10 days of your arrival at your employer.
  • SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.
  • It is used by the U.S. government to track foreign students location and status.
  • Failure to do is the grounds for dismissal from the program, arrest and deportation!
  • You register by mailing the orange postcard you received with your DS2019 form
  • Contact Apex USA, Inc. one week after you mailed the postcard to verify that your SEVIS registration is in good standing!

Working in the USA

  • You should expect to start working the next day after your arrival.
  • Some large employers may have an orientation for new employees after arrival.
  • If you have any difficulties during the program, contact your program sponsor for assistance.
  • APEX Foundation is not your program sponsor and we are not authorized to provide any support during your program participation. Our role ends once you receive your visa documents.

Support only from Apex USA, Inc.:

  • Apex USA, Inc. is designated by the US Government to be the sponsor of this program.
  • In the case of difficulties, you are required to seek support from Apex USA, Inc.

Emergencies:

  • In emergency call 911. Call Apex USA, Inc. as soon as circumstances allow.
  • Tip: If the emergency was a medical one, call your insurance company as soon as your medical conditions permit. Most travel insurance companies require this and you may lose substantial amount of money if you don’t follow their instructions.

Approval needed to relocate or change job:

  • You are required to seek approval from your program sponsor Apex USA, Inc. before you change your job or address.
  • You are also required to update your contact information in SEVIS without delay.

No work outside the DS2019 dates:

  • It is against the law for you to work before the start date, or after the end date of your DS2019 form.

No program extension:

  • This program can not be extended under any circumstances.

Job for the next summer/spring/winter:

  • If you want to participate again, get yourself a job offer before you leave!
  • You may return to the same employer or find a job elsewhere.
  • It is much easier to get one face-to-face that from half-way around the world away.
  • If you dream of a place where you’d like to work, find a job there when traveling!
  • Get jobs for your friends too and go together next year :-)

Travelling:

  • After the Last day of work which you entered in your application, you have 30 days for travelling inside the USA.
  • If you wish to travel outside, e.g. to Canada, Mexico, etc. you must contact your program sponsor for instructions for re-entry to the USA.
  • Most students report that they travel for about 2 weeks and spend about $1,000 on traveling.

Map of everything what you want to see in America

From Yellowstone to Monument Valley. From Google headquarters to Montezuma Castle. From Harley Davidson museum to Jack Daniels whiskey factory. From the Golden Spike Site to real nuclear missile base. From Hollywood to Disney World. From the mountain-sized statue of Crazy Horse to the oldest pizzeria in America. The pins are accurately placed to allow you to actually find the place. Each contains a link images and information about the place.

Click here for the Google map and start dreaming :-)

Map of all places you want to see in America

Everything you want to see in America

Return home:

  • Return your I94 card at the airport. Remind the airline agent to take it if he or she forgets.
  • After you come back home, you can become our cooperator.
  • You can apply again for the next season.
  • In February we help all of our cooperators with their tax return.

Eligibility

Age: 18-28
Student Status: Full-time university students, including first or last year
Experience: None required
Required languages: English
Required level: Intermediate or better, will be verified during interview
Nationality: All nationalities
Type of visa: J-1

 

Prices

All fees are subject to change without notice.

Application Processing Fee (non-refundable): $50
Payable with your application, includes:

  • Processing your program application
  • Processing your payment to the program sponsor
  • Transferring materials and communication between you and your program sponsor
  • Check APEX Foundation Terms & Conditions for more details

Program Fee: $648
Payable after you are accepted, includes:

  • Job verification by Apex USA. Inc.
  • Handling the payment of the non-refundable SEVIS fee to the U.S. Government
  • I-901 SEVIS Payment Confirmation
  • DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility
  • Orientation (delivered as an online slideshow)
  • Detailed Participant Handbook published by Apex USA, Inc.
  • Emergency contact service operated by by Apex USA, Inc.

SEVIS Fee: $35
This fee is charged by the US Government and is not refundable.

  • The amount covers the entire program.
  • It doesn’t depend on how long you will stay.

Insurance: $180
Mandatory, payable with your Program Fee:

  • Valid for the period covered by your DS2019 form. Additional month $45
  • The program requires you to purchase the accident/sickness insurance arranged by Apex USA, Inc.
  • It’s the minimum insurance required by US Federal regulations for this program.
  • You must purchase it for every month covered by your DS2019 form, plus 30 days.
  • APEX Foundation is not involved in arranging this insurance and can offer no assistance with it.
  • Tip: We recommend that you also buy an additional insurance in your country. Partly you may get better coverage than the minimum insurance, but most importantly, in the case of any problems with covering your medical costs, you will be able to deal with the insurance company in your native language.

Miscellaneous fees:
Not everybody pays them:

  • Reprint of the DS2019 to correct errors made by the sponsor: Free
  • Reprint of the DS2019 to correct an error made by the applicant: $100 + courier shipping
  • Reprint of lost, stolen or damaged DS2019: $100 + courier shipping
  • Reprint of the DS2019 for new dates requested by the applicant: $100 + courier shipping

Additional Expenses:
May involve for example:

  • Bank fees: All transfer fees are always born by the you, regardless of the direction of the transfer.
  • Shipping: You will be charged for shipping costs for all items that are sent to you after the initial delivery of your DS2019 and I-901 forms. Visa documents are usually shipped by DHL, UPS, FedEx. Other documents by First Class Mail.
  • Reprint of DS-2019: Subject to the decision of your program sponsor.
  • Visa Application Fee: $130 charged by the USA embassy. Subject to change without notice.

Living Expenses:
Carry least $700 with you to the USA for:

  • Transportation from the point of your arrival to your job site.
  • Any housing deposits that may be required.
  • The cost of food and your accommodation before your first paycheck.
  • The cost of relocation if you need to change jobs.
  • The cost of transportation back to your home if you have to return unexpectedly. Be aware that many cheap flight tickets have fixed dates, so if you have to return early, you may have to buy a new flight ticket.
Cancellations & Refunds
  • Cancellation notice must be sent in written, signed and dated. The controlling date, for the purpose of determining the refundable amount, if any, is the date of delivery of the cancellation notice.
  • Visa denial, proof of denial must be supplied: Program Fee and Insurance less $200 is refunded
  • No refund, if visa was denied because a forged document or untrue information was supplied.
  • Cancellation request made by participant prior to issuing DS2019: Program Fee and nsurance less $300 is refunded.
  • Cancellation request made by participant after issuing DS2019: Program Fee and Insurance less $400 is refunded.
  • Cancellation request made by participant fewer than 6 weeks prior to the arrival date shown in the application: No refund.
  • There is no refund for unused services, or their parts.
  • Refunds are processed within 1 month after your written cancellation notice has been received.
  • In the event a refund sent according to the applicant’s instructions is returned by a bank or the postal service as undeliverable or unclaimed, $20 administrative fee plus expenses are charged for each subsequent refund attempt.
  • Submitting any forged documents, certificates or untrue information will result in being canceled from the program with no refund.
  • Forged Self-Arranged job offer supplied by participant: Student cancelled with no refund.
  • Unacceptable Self-Arranged job offer supplied by participant: Student notified, offered chance to supply another job offer, if unable, standard refund conditions apply.
  • Sponsor unable to reach the self-arranged employer: Student notified, told to have the employer contact the sponsor, or submit another job offer, if unable/chooses not to, standard refund conditions apply.

How to apply

  1. Click on “Click here to apply” below. If you don’t have an account yet, you will be prompted to create it. After that, follow on-screen instructions.
  2. Complete the web-based application form and click Submit & Print.
  3. A page with further instructions will print together with the application form.
  4. Send the complete application packet including the non-refundable $50 Application Processing Fee* to us.
  5. We will process your application, and let you know if it’s complete, or what is perhaps missing.
  6. If you are a first-time applicant, you will be interviewed.
  7. After you are accepted, you will be sent instructions for payment of the Program Fee.
  8. The Program Fee must be delivered to us before the end of January 2012.
  9. Your payment and the complete application packet will be transferred to Apex USA, Inc.

*Enclose a $50 Traveler’s check. Traveler’s checks are not “issued”, you simply buy them. Many banks and currency-exchange shops sell American Express Traveler’s checks. They are the cheapest way to transfer the fee internationally.

FAQ

I am in my final year of university/college, can I participate?

Yes. You can participate during the last vacations after you finish your school. But you have to be still full-time university/college student on the day when you are applying for your visa.

I am in the first year of my university/college, can I participate?

Yes. You can participate during your summer vacations that follow after the end of your first year.

I am in the last year of my high/secondary school, can I participate this summer?

No. To be able to participate, you have to be a full-time student of a university or college at the time you are applying for your visa.

I am a Phd. student, can I participate?

Yes. As long as you are younger than 28 and you are a full-time student.

I am a language school student, can I participate?

Depends. If your language school is accredited as a tertiary institution and you are studying there full time for at least a diploma, you can participate.

I am from – insert your country – can I participate?

Ask. The program as such is opened to applicants from absolutely all countries in the world. But the program regulation require that you’d be interviewed as a part of the application process. Send us an email to ask if we have an interviewer near you. Don’t forget to mention which city you live in.

Can I participate in the winter program?

Yes. If you have summer vacations when there is winter in the USA. For example, if you are from Chile, South Africa, Australia, etc.

Is it guaranteed that I will get the visa?

No. If it were, the consuls wouldn’t have to exist. That said, in most countries, the J1 visa denial rate is minimal.

Do I have to buy the insurance arranged by Apex USA, Inc?

Yes. Because Apex USA, Inc. is required by the program regulation to guarantee that your insurance and your insurance company meet or exceed the requirements set by the US Government.

Should I buy additional insurance myself?

We recommend it. Your insurance conditions will be written in your language and the customer service people in your insurance company will speak your language too. You may also arrange yourself an insurance for dangerous sports, etc.

Can I work anywhere in the USA?

Yes. But you are required to keep your address and job information up-to-date in your SEVIS record.

Can I have a second job?

Yes. Even a third and fourth, if you can handle them.

Can I change my job?

Generally, you can. But you MUST have an authorization from your visa sponsor Apex USA, Inc. PRIOR to making the change.

Can I accept any job?

No. You must not work in childcare, as a crewmember of a ship or an airplane, you must not get a job where you would come into contact with medical patients, and you must not work as a domestic worker.

If I like it in the USA and I have a job, can I extend my program?

No. The Summer Work Travel program can not be extended.

 

Comments

53 Responses to “Work and Travel USA (SWT) J1 Visa Sponsorship”
  1. Gabriela Koniarova says:

    Hi, can I get the e-mail or phone someone, who is responsible for Slovak students? The Slovak or Czech worker? thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Gabriela. We don’t have officers for individual countries. Anyone here can answer your questions. Feel free to ask. Alternatively, we can put you in touch with one of our Student Cooperators (see here) in your country. The cooperators are experienced previous participants.

  2. Pavol says:

    Hi, is it possible to attend W&T USA also for PhD. students? Thanks

  3. Sarah says:

    Hello, i want to know how much does the all program charged coast?
    Anddd do you have any student cooperator in Armenia and how can i contact with them?
    thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Sarah, prices for all programs are shown on this page where you are just commenting. Scroll up to the description. And no, we have never in the 20 years of our history used any agents. You will apply directly to us over the Internet. You may also become our student cooperator, check Go4Free in the menu above. If you can’t find something in the program description, email us to schedule a Skype call, we’ll be happy to answer all your remaining questions.

  4. Anil says:

    Hi
    can i get all the details + forms on my email?

    • admin says:

      Hi Anil. I’m not quite sure what “details” you mean. The program is described in every possible detail above. All it takes is actually reading the information.

  5. Yvonne says:

    Hi there,
    I did work and travel to USA before, in 2009. I was wondering, does it apply to a fresh graduate?

    Cheers,
    Yvonne

  6. Yvonne says:

    hello,
    I am Yvonne.I am a Chinese college student.And I want to apply for the Summer Work and Travel program.What is the first step for me to get started.And i still have some puzzles about how we can get in touch only via Internet,and what do I need to prepare in my end,and how long is going to take from the moment I apply for the program till the moment things are all done and prepared.The only thing left is wait till the flight date and fly to America.Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Yvonne, thank you for your comment, however, you left approximately the same one at 3 different places on our website. So make your decision what program you are actually interested in, or email us for recommendation.

  7. Yusuf says:

    interested in summer work and travel program, i am a student in the university, do you have a student coperator in nigeria. i was a j1 student in 2009. thank you

  8. Anita says:

    Hello
    Im from Albania,i wanted to know if I can apply for this program as Albania is a non EU country? Thank you :) Best regards

    • admin says:

      Hi Anita, yes see the “Eligibility” tab, students from all countries can apply for this program. Just as per the next reply, be very quick.

  9. Anita says:

    Hello :)
    Im from Albania and I want to know if i am eligible for this program as Albania is a non EU country? If NO,is there any other program “Self arranged Job” except of this one http://www.apex-foundation.org/work-and-travel-usa-iexwtsa/ (which is not eligible 4 me :(( ) Best Regards :))

    • admin says:

      Hello Anita, yes you can go ahead and apply. Applicants from all countries can apply for this program. See the “Eligibility” tab :-) Just keep in mind that you must enclose your self-arranged job offer from an American employer with your application! If you do not have a job arranged at this moment, apply for this program instead: http://www.apex-foundation.org/work-and-travel-usa-apuwtfs/ Also, rush! We have indications that the price will go up after January 31st. This means that all this must happen before January 31st:
      1. Fill out the web application
      2. Get it checked by us
      3. Submit & Print it, further instructions and forms will print out with it
      4. Collect all the documents
      5. Scan them, send to us to check they’re OK
      6. Pay the $50 Registration Fee
      7. Be interviewed over recorded Skype video (already start looking where to borrow a headset)
      8. Pay the Program Fee, Insurance and SEVIS Fee (has to arrive before Janury 31st)
      9. Ship the hard copies of all your documents to us
      So be super extra fast, and if you need assistance with the application email us to schedule a Skype call for the weekend.

  10. Mane says:

    Comment removed. Please use English for commenting.

  11. Manul says:

    hi, i want to know can i go to Us this july if i will be 18 in june, but im a full 2 degree student??

    • admin says:

      Hi Manul, I’m not sure what you mean with “2 degree student”. You must be a full-time university or college student to be eligible. You also forgot to mention what country you are from. Also, for this particular program variant, you must enclose your self-arranged job offer with your program application. This means that if you do not have your job in America already arranged, you need to apply for this program instead: http://www.apex-foundation.org/work-and-travel-usa-apuwtfs/ Finally, you need to hurry up, because the sponsor is planning an extra “Late Application Fee”.

  12. Nadeem says:

    Dear admin,

    I am a full time undergraduate student, my age is 31 and I am a UK citizen, am I still eligible for J1 ?

    • admin says:

      Dear Afaque, J1 is not a visa! It’s a category. You are probably ineligible for high school student visa, just as well as researcher/scholar J1 visa, or government exchanges J1 visa. But you may be eligible for many others. If you mean specifically J1 visa for the Work & Travel USA program, you appear to be eligible to apply for it. Obviously whether or not the US embassy will issue it to you is altogether different matter.

  13. Ngoc Nguyen says:

    Hello,
    I am from Vietnam. I am a full time university student. I am wondering that can company accept my application and help me find a job? And does my country have any restriction or difficulties to apply this program through your company? Or do I have to find an agency in my country ?
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Dear Ngoc Nguyen, we offer our services to students from all countries. Simply read the program description and then click on the link to the application to apply. You will be interviewed over Skype video. But since you are from Vietnam, we are very interested in knowing how late you can stay with your employer. The US Government allows Vietnamese participants to stay until mid-November and they are as a result EXTREMELY popular with employers! So if you could stay so late, we’d be very happy to have you on the program. Also check this http://www.apex-foundation.org/go-4-free/ in case you have friends who would like to go too!

  14. Ayo says:

    Hello
    Am a nigerian,I am a full time university student, but i study in ukraine.i will like to know if i can apply for the summer job too,and i will like to know if it not too late to start now..Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Ayo, yes you can apply. As the “Eligibility” section says, this program is available to students from all countries. One confusing thing is that you are talking about needing a job in comments under a program for students who already have their jobs arranged.

  15. sunday says:

    Thanks for the reply.have not gotten any job arrangement yet,that’s why am asking.or can you help me with the link i can go to.i don’t know this page is meant for people who have gotten job arrangement .Thanks

    • Misa says:

      Hi Sunday, if you need also the Job Placement, you have to apply for this program: http://www.apex-foundation.org/work-and-travel-usa-apuwtfs/. In this program you can indicate your preferences for 3 locations where you would like to be placed and 3 job types which you would like to perform. The program sponsor tries to place you according to your preferences. But at the same time, the normal time to apply for the WT program is in October. That’s why the job placement will no longer be guaranteed. It depends on you whether you try it or not.

  16. Karen says:

    i am iterested in working In USA.Can i participate in this program? Please send me your address and phone number

    • admin says:

      Hello Karen, it’s waaaaaay to late to apply now. You need to apply in October! For our contact info, simply scroll up and click on “Contacts” ;-)

  17. Alex says:

    Hello, apex foundation! I am from Moldova, currently a sophmore in Romania. I would like to know if there is any way I can apply for this summer’s work and travel program, for three or four months. I’ve been to an agency in Bucharest today (american experience), and they told me that I cannot apply for their program unless I am self-arranged (which I am not) and something about their server not processing anymore applications. I still have a hope that I can find a job somewhere in CA or other state, and I am ready to meet the employer’s demands. I would be really happy and thankful if you could help me in this situation. Thanks in advance for any help provided.) Regards, Alex.

    • admin says:

      Hello Alex, you are inquiring extremely late! The time to apply for this program is in October. We’ve been telling this to students for more than 20 years, but somehow it’s still not common knowledge. Most large and organized employers start hiring 6 to 8 months early. I.e. for the summer they hire in November and close the hiring at the beginning of January! See a few examples here: http://www.apex-foundation.org/blog/ And because they select from students who have already been fully processed, interviewed and have paid their program fees, you need to apply in mid-October at the latest, to be ready in mid-November. After early January, it’s just random employers who call the sponsors and ask for instance “would you have two girls for housekeeping?”. Your only opportunity to apply now is if – besides English – you also speak fluent German. If you don’t, we’ll be happy to hear from you in October.

  18. Shohruh says:

    Hi Apex foundation ! I’m a student in Uzbekistan and want to apply for W and T program. Currently, I have all necessary documents and I even received a job offer from the United states Florida. However, The problem is I do not have any sponsor, because I was late to apply in my country. So, my question is : is it possible to apply through Apex Foundation for work and travel program as a self-placement now, and is not late ?

    • admin says:

      Hello Shohruh, if you need visa sponsorship, we’ll be happy to process your application!

  19. Wojtek says:

    do i have time to be part of this program for summer 2012??
    i have an employer in US (landscaping company) and wondering if this is ok employer for such a program.
    please send me an email with all info.

    big thanks

    • admin says:

      Hello Wojtek, the full info is above the comments section. Just scroll up to read it. If you don’t understand something, feel free to ask.

  20. egzona says:

    hi ma name is egzona im work and travel student in amerika i whant tu change my job that my sponsor found fore me in ohio i don’t like that job what can i do to change my job , i find another job i New york but my sponsor is not givin me permicion to change what can i do a don’t whant any troubel .

    • admin says:

      Hello Egzona, I don’t quite understand what you are asking for or what we could do for you.

  21. Nguyen Xuan Trang says:

    Hi, I want to join this program. This is the first time should not know what to do. I was studying at the university last year. My English was not very good with no known process can take chuogn not. I want to find either a job in England to learn experience and improve your English

    • admin says:

      Hi Nguyen this program is only available for full-time tertiary (university or college) students. In other words, you must be a full-time tertiary student when you are going to the US Embassy for your visa. That’s not our decision, that’s the law, nobody else can receive the special visa for it. Unfortunately the UK work programs are available only for EU citizens. Please see the “Eligibility” tab in the program description.

  22. Sahabiddin says:

    Hi, I want to join this program. Now I’m university student in Indonesia but I’m not Indonesian. Can I apply form here? Thanks a lot

  23. ARM says:

    Hi, I’m a thrid-year student at Thailand who want to enroll in Work and travel 2013 program.
    I’m want to know more information about the self-placement program. Because I already
    received a Job offer from my employer, But I don’t know any information about how to find
    a sponsor [shortented]

    • admin says:

      Hi Arm, you get the sponsorship if you get accepted to this program. As for how to apply, simply click on the link under the program description and follow the instructions.

  24. Damir says:

    Hi) I’m from Uzbekistan. I want to participate in work and travel program 2013. However, there is a problem occured. All offices of W&T have been closed in our country. Can you advice me, what can i do? Also this year I’m finishing part time study in Westminster University, and become the 2 year student.

    • Misa says:

      Dear Damir, to be able to participate in the Work&Travel USA program you must be full-time tertiary (university or college) student. That’s not our decision, that’s the law, nobody else can receive the special visa for it.

  25. Stephen says:

    Hi, I’m from China. I want to participate in work and travel program 2013. Now, I want to know when to apply it??? and what other materials I need to prepare now ??? For example, my performance in my college or any certificate for English.

    • Misa says:

      Hello Stephen, you can apply at any time and you will receive all instructions about required documents step by step during the application procedure.

  26. SARDOR says:

    Hi There is it Also possible to Uzbekitan students. If yes whom i should contact?

    • Misa says:

      Hello Sardor, this program is available for full-time tertiary students of all nationalities, so it is available also for students from Uzbekistan. You can simply contact us on our email address [email protected]

  27. Twinkle says:

    Hi, I’m from China. I want to participate in work and travel program 2013. But my parents want to who is responsible for the program? If I get any emergency (eg if i get treated), whom can i turn to ?

    • admin says:

      You will contact either your program sponsor, the USA Department of State, or emergency services at the 911 phone number, depending on the severity of the situation. You will receive materials with detailed information with your visa documents. It will also be discussed during the program orientation that takes about 3-4 hours. However, you need to carefully consider if you are capable on both emotional and language-ability level to efficiently deal with emergency situations in a foreign country. If you are unsure, this particular program most definitely isn’t for you and you should consider for instance Work & Study in Australia.

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