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How much money do I need to get Australian visa?

Monday, December 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Embassy of Australia Logo

Embassy of Australia

There is no amount of money to get Australian visa. However, there are amounts that you are required to possess in order to be able to apply for Australian visa. The consuls take many other factors into consideration when deciding whether or not visa should be granted.

But yes, one of the factors indeed is the applicants ability to cover his or her costs of living in Australia without having to work there!

And how much is it? Read more

The U.S. H3 Trainee visa and how it compares to J1 Trainee

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

H3 Trainee USCIS page screenshot

H3 Trainee page

The H3 Trainee visa is usually not terribly useful to students and young people beginning their career – which is our target audience. But since the existence of two different kinds of “trainee” visas is a source of confusion, and people ask, let us mention the H3 visa too.

So first of all, why would anyone use the H3 Trainee visa instead of J1 Trainee visa? The thing is, the J1 Trainee visa can only be used for training in occupational fields specifically listed [scroll down for the list] in the Code of Federal Regulations. Read more

Can I transfer from the F1 OPT to J1 Trainee?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Transfer from F1 visa to J1 visa

From F1 visa to J1 visa

Another common request that we receive, is from former F1/J1 students in the USA who are about to finish their OPT (Optional Practical Training) and wish to transfer to the J1 Intern/Trainee in order to be able to keep working in the USA.

But is that possible? Read more

The two 2- year rules confusion explained

Monday, November 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

J1 Visa Regulations screenshot

J1 Visa Regulations

People often email us towards the end of their existing J1 Trainee program asking if they could re-apply with us.

When we tell them that they have to wait 2 years before they can apply again, they argue that their existing program is not subject to the “2-year rule”.

Well, there are actually two different rules affecting repeat applicants, both of which happen to involve a 2-year period, which is what makes people confused. Read more

Can foreign students (F1/J1) work in the USA?

Sunday, November 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

What jobs can foreign students do in the USA

Allowed and Disallowed

Australia, Canada, UK and many other countries, allow foreign students to get almost any normal “student job” while they are studying there.

The USA, on the other hand, pretty much allows just limited practical training related to your field of study. So let’s take a look at what are the rules.

“Work” is divided into 4 basic categories: On Campus vs Off Campus. And Practical Training vs Economic Need. Read more

The complete list of U.S. immigrant and non-immigrant visas

Sunday, November 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A scan of passport page with USA visa

USA visa

Many people email us asking if they are eligible for the US visa. The reality is that there isn’t “the” US visa. There is actually a vast number of them, each serving a specific purpose.

The primary distinction is between permanent (immigrant) visas and temporary (non-immigrant) visas. Subcategories include Employment-based, Family-based, Diversity and many, many more.

So let’s take a look at the list! Read more

Am I eligible for the J1 visa?

Saturday, November 23, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

J1 Exchange Visitor Program

Exchange Visitor Program

This is one of the most common questions regarding US visas that we receive. Unfortunately, it is also the wrong question to ask, and as a result, impossible to answer. Why is this so?

The reason is that similarly to for instance the UK Tier 5 visa, the American J1 has a number of subcategories. In the USA, they are called “programs”.

This means that none is or isn’t eligible for “the J1 visa”!  Read more

UKBA list of English-speaking countries

Sunday, February 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

English-speaking countries symbols

Are you from an English-speaking country?

If you read our article about the IELTS courses, you may wonder: but I am from an English-speaking country, do I need such a course?!

Since English is used in many countries of the world to a varying degree, the UK Border Agency publishes a list of countries that it officially considers as “English-speaking”.

Here’s the list: Read more

How many weeks of IELTS course do I need

Sunday, February 24, 2013 by · 6 Comments 

IELTS logo

IELTS – how many weeks?

With IELTS courses running for anywhere between 4 and 36 weeks, the most obvious question is “how many weeks of IELTS course do I need“? To answer this question, we need to determine why you need the IELTS course, or indeed, if you need it in the first place!

Although IELTS is used for many purposes, for instance a family may need it for immigration to certain countries, most applicants are young people who need certain IELTS score in order to apply to a university abroad. Read more

How to pay with PayPal if you don’t have a PayPal account

Friday, November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

How to pay with PayPal without a PayPal account

No PayPal? No problem!

The easiest way to pay for your programs is with PayPal. But many of you prefer to pay your fees with you VISA, MasterCard or American Express card. In such a case, some are confused that we send you a PayPal invoice anyway.

Yes, still a PayPal invoice, because PayPal let’s you pay with your credit or debit card easily, even if you don’t have, and don’t even want to have, a PayPal account! How to do it? Read more

Hotel Internships in the USA – which hotels qualify

Sunday, July 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hotel internship USA

Hotel internship USA

Practically everybody who contacts us about hotel internships in the USA starts with the same question: “Am I eligible?”.

What nobody asks though, is “is my host company (employer) eligible?”. In fact, your employer must meet quite a few conditions to satisfy the requirements of your J1 Intern/Trainee visa.

So today, we’ll have a look at how to find out which hotels qualify. Read more

No credit card? No problem!

Monday, July 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Prepaid VISA cards on a holder in a store

Prepaid VISA cards in a store

Some of you would like to rent a car, buy a flight or bus ticket online, or use online stores such as Amazon.

But if you don’t have your own Visa, MasterCard or American Express card, your only choice is to ask somebody who has one to make the purchase for you, and give the person your money. Awkward and not always possible.

What you may not know, is that in many countries, for instance in the USA, you can simply buy a pre-paid card in a store! Read more

Students! Work in an RV-rental company in America in summer!

Saturday, February 25, 2012 by · 12 Comments 

Students, get a summer job in the USA at El Monte motorhome rental

Rent motorhomes in USA

Students, do you speak both English and German? Work in America in a company renting motorhomes! Help is needed in California and near New York City. Improve your English and make money for your travels and explore America!

The company was established in 1970 and every year hires international students as summer help serving American and international tourists. Have a look at the pictures and apply today!
Read more

Work in a Yacht Club in Devon, NY – apply by January 5

Friday, December 30, 2011 by · 10 Comments 

Screenshot of the Devon Yacht Club website

Devon Yacht Club

Devon Yacht club is located on Long Island, New York, i.e. practically in New York City. And as if that’s not enough, working in a yacht club is totally one of the definitions of a proper summer job! Oh and accommodation is free and couples and friends can apply together.

So hurry, and apply for one of 5 positions opened in the Yacht Club. Devon Yacht Club is a private club with a restaurant, tennis courts, and docking facilities.

Here’s how it will work: Read more

Work in Cleaning Service on Cape Cod – apply by January 5

Friday, December 30, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Collage of images of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Students have been working for the Cleaning Furries service in Wellfleet, MA for many years. Wellfleet is on the Cape Cod, a beautiful peninsula at the Atlantic Ocean shore. It is a wealthy location not far from Boston, and a short ferry ride from Martha’s Vineyard where Hollywood celebrities and presidents come for vacations.

Very popular and highly recommended!

Here’s how it will work: Read more

Work in Yellowstone National Park – apply by January 5

Friday, December 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Collage of pictures from Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Do you want to work in the world’s first national park during your summer?

You can apply for 5 positions in Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the America’s oldest national park. Our participants has been working there since 1994. Couples and groups of friends can apply together!

Here’s how it will work: Read more

Moving servers

Monday, October 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Moving our servers

Hi everybody! In the nearest days, we will be moving our main website (this one ;-) and our booking system to a new hosting provider.

While we’ll attempt to do so without major disruption, there will be a moment when the old system will stop working and the new one won’t be working yet.

If you happen to visit us just at that moment, we apologize and hope you’ll check back soon. Team APEX

New B&R Hospitality Employment UK program

Thursday, October 27, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

A chambermaid in a hotel in the UK with Romanian and Bulgarian flags

B&R UK Program

This Work & Study program has been created specifically for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania.

14 weeks of English course with up to 20 hours/week of self-arranged work in London, and the 16 weeks of  full-time work experience placement in the hospitality industry.

And why this special? Young people from Bulgaria and Romania sit somewhere in the middle when it comes to Work Read more

The UK increases the minimum wage to £6.08/hr

Sunday, October 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A screenshot of UK Directgov webiste announcing in the increase of minimum wage

Was £5.93 is £6.08

Most worktraveling students and participants of Work & Study programs tend to work for, or slightly above, the minimum wage, so an increase of one is always a welcome news.

The UK has a system of staggered minimum wage values based on age, which helps employment of young people who otherwise wouldn’t be as attractive to hire compared to more mature applicants.

The current UK minimum wages per hour are: Read more

Two new paid Internship USA programs coming soon!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Internship USA program for international students and non-students

Two new Internship USA programs

Hi everybody, if you are thinking about doing an internship in the USA, watch this space! We will be adding two new internship USA / training USA programs within a week. They both concern paid internships and are available for both students and non-students. Typical fields in which you can do your internship include:

– Architecture
– Accounting
– Advertising
– Business Management Read more

Six new Australian programs – Explore the Lucky Country!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A beautiful view of the opera in Sydney from unusual angle

English & Work in Australia

Do you know what’s the “Land down under“? What’s “waltzing Matylda” and what significance it has as a song? Do you recall some other very famous ones? And what about “kookabura“, “outback“, “road train” or “chunder” (as mentioned in the first song)? Besides, remember Skippy, and Steve Irwin?

Well, if all this is not enough to make you dream of visiting Australia, let us tell you that although Sydney is a large city, famous for it’s unique opera building, it actually also has beautiful surfing Read more

APEX’s 19th Anniversary ..and hard drive’s 55th

Monday, September 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

APEX Foundation's Training USA 1998 brochure crop

Have a look at our old stuff

It isn’t usual for companies that they don’t put a piece celebrating their glorious past on their websites on the anniversary of their founding. Well, we can imagine a nicer birthday gift than a failing webserver, which is why we are several days late.

Nevertheless, it has indeed been 19 years since APEX Foundation was registered as an organization, so we made a quick dig in our vast archives to treat you to a few copies of some of our historical materials. Read more

NYC World Trade Center towers in students’ pictures

Sunday, September 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Work and Travel USA student in New York on 9/11 2001 with burning Twin Towers

Student in NYC on 9/11

The Twin Towers and Manhattan in photographs of students participating in the Work & Travel USA and Au Pair USA programs. From idyllic pictures to the 9/11 day.

Don’t forget to click on the images to see their big version. Arrows for next images are then in the lower right corner.

So yes, it’s 10 years and students who were 23 and were on the program in 2001 are now 33 with kids. The day and the days after Read more

Before you leave your employer

Friday, September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Work & Travel USA student in Monument Valley, AZ with a picture of Monument Valley on his T-shirt

Before you go to travel

Hi Worktravelers! If you are in the USA, most of you will be leaving your employers next week. So after work, the travel part is here. We have prepared a map of “everything” you ever wanted to see in the USA for you, so have a look and don’t miss something interesting along your route. And before you leave, don’t forget:

1. Leave your employer your home address (for your wage report)
2. Get his winter contact, email, phone (if the report doesn’t arrive)
3. Get a job for summer 2012, if you want to go again
4. Have fun, write, and send pics :-)

Map of everything you want to see in America

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Map for Work & Travel USA students - what you must to see in America

What to see in the USA

Boneyard of military airplanes in a desert? Buffalo Bill’s Tee Pee? Montezuma’s Castle? Explore our Map and get inspired! And it’s more than just a map!

Often, you know a place from photographs and you don’t where it is, so you can’t visit it. In other cases, you don’t even know if something even exists, or if it’s just a legend.

Each of the pins is linked to a page with photographs of the place and a Wikipedia page with information about the place. Read more

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