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US Locations Housing required

Restricted Job Locations Requiring Housing

The Department of State recommends that applicants only work with employers who identify safe, suitable and affordable housing. To be considered safe, housing must, at a minimum, meet all applicable local laws and regulations, including with respect to ventilation, utilities, and occupancy rates. Transportation must be reliable, affordable, and convenient between participants’ residences and worksites.

Due to housing difficulties, J1ers who plan on staying in the following areas must have either permanent or termporary accommodation arranged in order to have their DS-2019/ work paper approved by the US Sponsor.

Examples include:

  •   Long Island
  •   Cape Cod
  •   Myrtle Beach
  •   New Jersey
  •   Virginia Beach*
  •   Rhode Island

*Please be advised of zoning and housing codes that affect housing for participants who will be living and working in Virginia Beach this summer. The City of Virginia Beach has issued the following housing regulations:

Virginia Beach Zoning and Housing Codes

For an explanation of a “Dwelling Unit” as defined by the City of Virginia Beach, please view their Residential Zoning Illustrated guide.

Also note that zoning ordinances prohibit most housing units in properties classified as a “Hotel/Motel” from being rented to the same person or group of persons for more than thirty (30) consecutive days. 

The City of Virginia Beach has issued a Zoning Determination and listed the housing properties located at: 307 24th Street, 306 24th Street, 302 24th Street, 300 24th Street and 2305 Pacific Ave. InterExchange will not be approving participant housing at these addresses for the 2020 Summer season.  

Housing

We encourage all J1ers traveling to these areas, and the rest of the United States, to begin looking for housing as soon as possible as affordable and suitable housing in seasonal areas is very scarce. We highly recommend that you ask your employer for housing advice when discussing your job with them. 

A housing aide is available in your J1 Account under the US Housing Database section. 

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