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Before Accepting A Job

Accepting a J1 Job through Self or Job Placement

Before you accept a position in your chosen US State, city or area, there are 4 important things to consider!

  1. Where will you live? 
  2. Will your housing be affordable? 
  3. How will you commute to work?
  4. Do you have enough money to cover costs until you receive your first paycheck?

Keep in mind, employment wages, rent prices, food and transportation costs will vary based on your chosen US State, city or area.


All potential places of employment must demonstrate, at a minimum, the following: 

  • The position offered must be seasonal. Employment is of a seasonal nature when the position is tied to a certain time of the year by an event or pattern and requires labor levels above and beyond existing worker levels.
  • The position offered must provide opportunities to work alongside and interact regularly with U.S. citizens. Participants must be able to experience U.S. culture during both the workday portion of their Summer Work Travel program as well as outside of work.
  • The position offered must not displace domestic U.S. workers
  • The position offered must provide Pay and benefits commensurate with those offered to their similarly situated U.S. counterparts and pay eligible participants for overtime worked in accordance with applicable State or Federal law.
  • The location must contain suitable, affordable housing (e.g., that meets local codes and ordinances) and reliable, affordable, and convenient transportation to and from work
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