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J1 Work & Travel 2022
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 J1 Summer Work and Travel - USA
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Please register early to secure your first choice job.

Thank you for choosing e-JAM!  Before deciding to participate in the J1 Work & Travel Program, it is important that you carefully read all information pertaining to the program, including e-JAM’s Terms & Conditions.

There are no more office visits, registration is online only!

About The Program
The US J1 Visa Summer Work and Travel Program allows eligible International college and university students the opportunity to live temporarily, work and experience the American culture for up to four months during their school break.  Apart from earning money, it provides students a chance to make friends from various parts of the world and gain international work experience, an addition to their resume.


Program Fees - US$1,445.00 (includes credit card processing fee)

- Guaranteed job placement
- Visa Sponsorship (Issuance of DS-2019 Form - needed to apply for the J1 Visa)
- Basic Medical insurance (addition fee for insurance upgrade)
- Pre-arranged housing
- On-going support throughout the program 

Program fee to be paid in US Dollars ONLY and can be paid by credit card online, or contact us for US Banking details for electronic transfer.

Non-Refundable Registration Fee - US$20.00
Students are required to pay a non-refundable Registration Fee in order to be considered as a potential participant. It is important to note that not all students who apply will be accepted on the program, or guaranteed a job.

Additional Fees
•  J-1 visa voucher fee – US$160.00
•  Air Fare to the US - varies
•  Housing deposits - varies
•  Spending money of at least US$1,500 to support yourself prior to receiving your first paycheck

Participants must meet all the below requirements for eligibility:
•  Enrolled full-time in a college, or university
•  Between the ages of 18 and 29
•  Actively pursuing a degree course for a minimum of two years
•  Able to afford full program fee, travel expenses, plus a minimum of US$1,500 spending money to cover initial living expenses
•  Willing to work hard, perform the duties outlined in the job description and agree to abide by the program rules
•  Able to stay in the United States through the duration of the program

Required Documents
•  A passport size photograph (professional and smiling)
•  An updated resume
•  A copy of your passport - including any previously issued USA visas (must be valid up to six (6) months after return date)
•  Proof of Student Status - an official letter verifying enrollment and attending an accredited College/University and available to work during my university summer break, (May to September).


J1 Registration Fee
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Types of Jobs
Industries such as: Hotels/Resorts; Restaurants; Summer Camps; Amusement Parks; National and State Parks; Retail Stores/Shops; etc.

Types of Positions
Cashiers and Store Clerks, Housekeepers, Food and Beverage Servers, Camp Counsellors, Front Desk Agents, Cooks, Fast Food workers, Ride Operators for Theme Parks, General Maintenance, Life Guards, etc.

Salaries/Work Schedule
Salaries are usually dependent on the type of job and chosen location; it could range from $8 – 14.00 an hour.  The average working hours will be 35-40 hours.  Participants must be flexible and willing to work various shifts, including weekends and religious holidays.

Second Jobs
Under the J1 Work and Travel Guidelines, students are allowed to have a second job, which must first be approved by the J1 Sponsor, who will determine if the company meets the J1 Program requirements.  Accepting a second job without prior approval will result in immediate dismissal.  The first commitment should always be focused on the primary job.  It is always best to request as much overtime as possible rather than engage in a second job.

Students are responsible for all housing expenses, (i.e. rent, utilities, food, etc.). Most jobs are offered with pre-arranged housing; however, this is not mandatory by the employer. If there is no pre-arranged housing, the employers and/or sponsors will assist students in finding affordable housing.  Housing deposit will range from $200.00 - $300.00 and weekly rent from $100.00 - $125.00.  It is a requirement that students bring a minimum of US$1,500.00 to cover these upfront expenses, prior to their first pay check.  All housings are vetted and pre-approved by our J1 Sponsor.

Medical Insurance
Insurance is mandatory and included in your Program Fee.  Included is the basic insurance required by US Federal regulations and arranged and purchased based on recommendation from the program sponsor.  It covers the entire period stated on your DS-2019 form.  For extra coverage than basic insurance, students will have the option to upgrade from basic insurance coverage, or to have additional insurance taken out prior to leaving Jamaica.

Students are responsible for all travel expenses, airfare and ground transportation.  

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)
This is the web-based system that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information on all J1 Students in the United States. All participants on the Work and Travel Program are required to register their whereabouts electronically with the Depart of Homeland Security (DHS) through SEVIS.  If students fail to comply they will be terminated from the program.

Mandatory Proof of Funds
This is not a fee to be paid, or collected by e-JAM.  US Immigration Officers requires that all J-1 participants have at least US$1,500.00 spending money upon entering the USA.  The extra funds are to cover expenses prior to receiving your first paycheck and to have in case of emergency.  You will be required to provide proof; bank statement may not be acceptable as proof, so it is best to carry Travelers cheques, or cash.

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation
All applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation.



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e-JAM is an experienced employment agency located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica since 2005  We are licensed by the Ministry of Labour to recruit workers for local and overseas employment.


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