Host Employer FAQ
About Cultural Exchange Programs and Your Business
With over 20 years of experience in the international cultural exchange sector, we understand that navigating the frequently changing visa rules and regulations can be time consuming and detract your from your business. Alliance Abroad Group acts as your partner to do it all–recruit, place, train, and provide support.
J-1 Summer Work Travel Program
The State Department J-1 Summer Work Travel Program is an Exchange Visitor Program designed to achieve the educational objectives of international and cultural exchange by involving young adults in the daily life of the host country through temporary employment opportunities, to return home to share their experiences, and to encourage Americans to participate in the educational and cultural programs in other countries.
Interviewing candidates in person is possible at AAG recruitment fairs depending on the size of your request of students. We are also able to help arrange phone or Skype interviews when needed, or we can have AAG staff interview on your behalf.
J-1 Summer Work Travel participants will receive the federal minimum wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employers of “tipped employees” must pay a cash wage of at least $2.13/hr if they claim a tip credit against their minimum wage obligation. If an employee’s tips combined with the employer’s cash wage of at least $2.13/hr do not equal the minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference. All of our Work & Travel Program participants employed need to be paid the equivalent of their American counterparts.
H-2B Seasonal Work Program
The State Department H-2B visa program allows U.S. companies hire non-citizens for temporary or seasonal non- agricultural work. This program is limited to citizens or nationals of designated countries, with limited exceptions, if determined to be in the United States interest.
We highly recommend the application be submitted at least six to seven months before the desired start date in order to ensure that all information is accurate and that petitions are prepared on time.
Many U.S. businesses are interested in six or seven month stays on average, with a minimum stay of four months. The length of time a company may request H-2B participants must correspond with the length of your seasonal or peak-load need. The H-2B visa is a temporary visa and must not exceed one year. Typically, a seasonal or peak-load need does not exceed a 10 month period.
There is no minimum or maximum number that a company must request. The number of participants you request under the H-2B visa must correspond with your seasonal or peak-load need and the number of permanent and temporary workers employed during previous years.
Workers must be paid the same as that paid to U.S. workers. This rate is determined by the Department of Labor, compiled by state and county, to reflect the average wage rate being paid to U.S. workers in the same industry and position.
Yes. Workers can return for consecutive years, but in some circumstances, may need to remain in their home country for three months (or more) before re-applying for another visa. If the individual is currently in the United States on an H-2B visa, they may extend the visa for up to three consecutive years.
Yes. The J-1 Visa is different from the H-2B Visa and they are not mutually exclusive. The approval for a specific visa solely depends upon eligibility of each individual applicant.
Yes. A company can request the country (or countries) from which the workers are recruited. AAG can provide a list of participating countries upon a company’s request.
Yes. H-2B host companies have to pay for legal expenses, attorney fees, and filing fees, but AAG offers these services at very affordable and competitive rate. You will also be responsible for paying advertising cost as per the guidelines of the Department of Labor. Please contact us for more details.
The Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security issued new regulations for the Program that became effective January 18, 2009, that require that the H-2B workers pay no fees associated with legal and recruiting costs to secure H-2B employment. Employers must now pay fees associated with recruitment of individuals on the H-2B visa. Please contact us for more details.