Regulation Updates: Summer Work Travel Placement Specifics

31 Aug

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Summer Work Travel Placement Specifics

All sponsors are guided by the Department of State’s regulations protecting acceptable program placements.  For the Summer Work Travel program,  in 62.32 (g)(4) the regulations state that sponsors may only place participants in jobs that:

(a) Are seasonal or temporary

(b) Provide opportunities for regular communication and interaction with U.S. citizens and allow participants to experience U.S. culture.

AAG must evaluate both of these requirements prior to accepting placements on this program.  To help determine seasonality in places it might not be obvious, we’ve created this Seasonality Questionnaire.

These same regulations note that sponsors may NOT place participants in jobs that:

(a) That require licensing;

(b) That are on the program exclusion list (Click here and check out “Program Exclusions.”)

(c) For which there is another specific J visa category.

Ever wondered what other categories of J visas exist?  The list is interesting and encompasses diverse levels of experience, education, and career goals, including but not limited to Professors and Research Scholars, Trainees, Interns, Teachers, Secondary School Students (i.e. High School Exchange), Camp Counselors, Au Pairs and International Visitors.  All enter the U.S. on a J1 visa, then pursue activity according to their specific J1 category.



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