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Summer Work/Travel (J) Visas

Summer Work Travel (J) Visas

In this category, a participant is defined as a bona fide foreign post-secondary student in his or her own country currently enrolled in and actively pursuing a degree or a full-time course of study at an accredited academic institution, or as that status is defined by the alien’s home country educational system.  Final year students are eligible to take part in this program even though they will have graduated at the time of participation as long as they apply to participate in the program prior to graduation. For more information about the program, please visit the Summer Work and Travel page of the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) website.

Program sponsors are based in the United States.  You may deal directly with the sponsor in the U.S. Click here for a list of U.S. based sponsors. For sponsors outside the U.S, please contact the administration section of your college.  

Please note that the visa application fee is payable by bank draft or postal order, directly to the Embassy on the day of your interview.  The Embassy is not responsible for any other charges or fees charged by the program sponsors or agents.

All students are required to depart the United States within 30 days of the end the program.  The end date for the J-1 SWT program is September 30.  Students who do not depart the U.S. within 30 days of this date may have difficulty obtaining future U.S. visas.

To qualify for the Summer Work and Travel program, students must also bring the following:

Note for Students: When completing the DS-160, please pay particular attention to the fields highlighted here.