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J1 Work & Travel 2022
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WARNING – Be Aware of Scam Companies and/or Individuals Impersonating e-JAM’s Name Brand

Our company e-JAM, over the years has become one of Jamaica’s leading staffing agency, with offices in Jamaica and the U.S.  Apart from servicing the local JA market, we have helped hundreds of people find jobs in the U.S. and Canada.  Many of our Canadian positions leading to permanent residency for our workers.

Unfortunately, we have discovered that there are agencies, or individuals using e-JAM’s name to rob innocent people out of their hard earn money by promising them overseas employment.

Over the past year we have received numerous calls and emails from applicants to confirm payments to e-JAM for jobs that were advertised on Facebook, or via other channels.   Based on information received and in doing our own research, we have discovered that our name is being used to trick people into paying over money for the possibility of obtaining overseas employment.  The fraudsters have created fake email address similar to e-JAMs; we also discovered websites using many of the same graphics and contents

We suggest that all persons do their due diligence and research all firms or persons with whom they conduct business. Any reputable Recruiter should be willing to share their recruitment process and job details with Jobseekers.


  1. Recruit candidates unless we have a job order.
  2. Conduct business with any entity who is not a legitimate Employer, or an authorized representative of the company
  3. Accept cash payment – all payments are done either by bank deposit, transfer, or by credit card. You will never be instructed to deposit money into a personal account – our accounts are all business accounts.
  4. Request any payments before candidates are interviewed and offered a position.
  5. Charge applicants for H-2B jobs, all fees are paid by the Employer per US law.
  6. Offer a job to anyone under the assumption that they can work on a tourist visa.
  7. Work in partnership with anyone who claims to be acting on our behalf, i.e, training centres.

To avoid being scammed, we suggest that you apply only with recruitment agencies licensed by the Jamaica Ministry of Labour.  Also, do your research on Google, you will quickly find complaints from other applicants who have been burned.

Please listen to your gut feelings; don’t think it can never happen to you; smart people can be vulnerable at times of desperation.  When in doubt please contact e-JAM.


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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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About e-JAM

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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