What is Work And Travel?
The J-1 Summer Work Travel Visa Category is designed by the United States Department of State to allow foreign college and university participants the opportunity to live, work and travel in the United States for a maximum period of 4 months, but within the limits of their official college, summer vacation. All the participants will have the opportunity to experience life in the United States by sharing in its tradition and culture, an experience that is very different from that of a tourist.
Participants are admitted to the United States under section 101 (a) (15) (j) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of March 2, 1960. They enter the country based on a DS-2019 Form and on a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa affixed to their passport by the United States Consulates. Their category is “Summer Work/Travel”.
The duration of the program
The J-1 Summer Work Travel Visa Category is designed by the Government as a program that lasts for a maximum period of 4 months. However, the dates on the Form DS-2019 may be less than 4 months. The dates on the form are based on the dates of your official vacation from studies and on the job offer letter.
Once you have reached the program end date, you are no longer eligible to work in the United States. However, there is an additional 30-day grace period during which you can travel, but cannot work. Please be aware that if you travel outside the United States during this time, you will not be allowed to re-enter. Also, if you stay longer than the grace period, you may be subject to immigration sanctions.