a) Can I come to the United States if I do not have a job?
No. Horizon International, Inc. requires that all participants have jobs and housing secured prior to their arrival. Each participant will need to sign a job offer or an employment contract prior to arrival in the United States.
b) How much money should I bring with me to the United States?
Horizon International, Inc. recommends that all participants bring at least $700 to the United States. This excludes the transportation cost, the housing deposit and the first month rent. You will be responsible for your personal expenses throughout the entire program.
c) Do I need to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN)?
Yes. Each person who works in the United States should have a Social Security Number (SSN). One of the first things you should do upon your arrival is visit the local Social Security Office to apply for your SSN. If you already have a SSN, you do not need to apply for a new number.
d) Do I need to pay income taxes?
Yes. Anyone who works in the United States is required to pay Federal, State and City taxes. You will not have to pay Social Security & Medicare Tax (FICA) or Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA). At the end of the year, you will be required to file an Income Tax Return that is due by April 15.
e) Besides my primary job placement, can I get a second job while in the program?
Yes. You can apply for a second job, as long as you respect and take as a priority the schedule of your primary site of activity.
f) Can I change my job placement?
No. You are not free to change the job site without permission (in writing) from Horizon International.
g) Can I travel in the United States before my departure?
Yes. This program was originally designed so that participants can work in the United States for a total of 3 months and have 1 month to travel.
h) Can I leave the United States and re-enter on my J-1 Visa?
Yes. But you must meet all the following conditions: you must have a valid passport, a multi-entry valid visa and valid Form DS-2019 with the sponsor’s signature for travel authorization.
i) Can I extend my status?
j) Can I participate in the Summer Work Travel Program again next year?
Yes. You can participate more than once in this exchange program.