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Work & Travel USA - J1 Visa  Participant Requirements

  • Full-time student (outside of the USA) at time of application, having completed at least one semester. You may be a final year student but must be enrolled at time of application
  • You have a job offer from an US-employer
  • Student in an EU country (citizenship or residency)
  • Non-native speakers require an intermediate level of English
  • The job is paid at the state or federal minimum wage (whichever is higer) or above
  • Your employment period must be during your summer semester break from universtiy for a maximum of a 4 month-work period
  • Your job requests a minimum of 32 hours per week
  • For jobs in larger cities, please provide housing information at time of application (address and contact details of friends, reservation of a room along with its monthly costs)
  • You have sufficient financial resources, at least $1,500 for the first month.
  • Between 18 and 28 years old while on program
  • Registration deadline: Registrations for 2019 are possible until the end of February.

Repetition of Program

You can participate in the Work & Travel Program up to 3 times. The J-1 visa application is independent of a former participation in other J-1 programs, such as High School, Au pair or Camp Counsellor in the USA.

Work & Travel USA - Program Dates

Program Dates permitted by US Department of State for students from:

Country Program Dates
Sweden 1.5. – 30.8.
Finland 13.5. – 13.9.
Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia 15.5. – 15.9.
Switzerland 3.6. – 19.9.
UK 1.6. – 15.9.
France, Greece, Portugal 1.6. – 30.9.
Norway 15.6. – 20.9.
Spain 15.6. – 30.9.
Belgium 30.6. – 15.9.
Austria 1.7. – 30.9
Germany 1.7. – 31.10.
Denmark 4.7. – 31.8.


Work & Travel USA - Job Requirements

According to the Department of State Job must:

  • be seasonal or temporary
  • not be in remote areas
  • involve work with American colleagues and supervision throughout the program
  • provide opportunities for regular communication and interaction with U.S. citizens and allow participants to experience U.S. culture.

Jobs prohibited by the Department of State:

  • Manufacturing (includes fishery jobs)
  • Warehouses
  • Factory work
  • Farm jobs: No work with animaly or potentially dangerous equipment
  • Catalogue/on-line distribution centers
  • Hazardous jobs on Dept. of Labor list (e.g., construction, roofing, farming/ranching)
  • Jobs with exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g., pesticides)
  • Gaming jobs (wait staff, maids, life guards on casino properties are ok, but not dealers/game operators)
  • Jobs involving driving
  • Jobs entailing sustained physical contact w/customers (e.g., body piercing, tattoo parlor, massage)
  • Graveyard shift jobs (with hours predominantly after 10 p.m./before 6 a.m.)
  • Adult entertainment (more specificity to be added to current rules)
  • For all exclusions please visit