Did you have a life-changing experience on the Work & Travel program in a prior winter season? Would you like to participate again in Winter 2023-2024?

InterExchange is offering direct sponsorship to eligible repeat participants for Winter 2023-2024.

Apply directly with InterExchange and experience our exceptional customer service, fast processing times, and affordable prices.

Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility for Direct Sponsorship

  • You were previously a participant on a Work & Travel program, and you would like to return to the U.S. to participate in Winter 2023-2024. You may choose to submit your own approvable job offer to return to a previous host employer or join our matching system to be matched with a new host.

  • Additionally meet the following requirements:

    • You are between the ages of 18 and 28.
    • You are enrolled full-time and pursuing studies at accredited post-secondary, classroom-based, academic institutions physically located outside of the United States and have successfully completed at least one semester, or equivalent, of post-secondary academic study.
    • You are sufficiently proficient in English to successfully interact in an English-speaking environment verified by a mandatory and documented video conference interview.
    • You have the intention to participate in the cultural aspects of the Work & Travel Program.

Step 2: Create Application and Upload Required Supporting Documents

Create your account in the InterExchange Online Application and upload required documents.

  • Complete all fillable sections of the application. Remember that your dates of participation are based on program dates mandated by the U.S. Department of State and can be found on their website.
  • Upload all of the required supporting documents.
    • Passport Copy (must be valid through program dates)
    • Proof of student status from university
Required Documents
Submission OrderRequired DocumentAcceptable Document Must Include
1PassportValid for at least 6 months after the end date of your program.
2Proof of Student StatusA university letter confirming that you are enrolled in and actively pursuing a degree or a full-time course of study; signed with University seal by University Registrar.
3*Job OfferA completed Employment Offer.
4*Previous DS-2019 Form or Proof of Program LetterLetter from your former J-1 Visa sponsor with your name, dates you participated in the Summer Work Travel program and name of Host Employer. Note: Participants sponsored by InterExchange in a previous season do not need to submit this.
5Official University TranscriptUniversity seal, all classes, grades and credits.

*Required after application has been submitted, but before your forms can be issued.

Step 3: Pay Program Fee + Submit Application

  • Submit payment of $1250 USD, which includes InterExchange program fees, SEVIS, insurance for the duration of your program, and shipping costs for your visa sponsorship forms.

  • It will say “Payment Received” in the Payment section of your dashboard within one to two business days of submitting payment.

  • If you cancel for any reason you will be refunded the full $1250 USD.

Step 4: Schedule Your Interview With InterExchange Staff

  • After your application has been submitted, we will contact you to schedule a screening interview with InterExchange to assess program suitability.

  • Once your interview is scheduled, submit your Job Offer information to your InterExchange App Dashboard.

Step 5: Complete InterExchange Online Orientation

  • Complete the mandatory InterExchange Work & Travel USA online orientation which you can access in your InterExchange Online Application account.

Step 6: Host Employer Job Vetting + Job Confirmation

Step 7: Receive Your Forms

  • Confirm your mailing address.

  • InterExchange will process, print and ship your forms via UPS to your local address. We will send you an email with your UPS tracking number once your acceptance packet has been shipped.

  • InterExchange will additionally charge a fee of $25 USD to reprint a damaged, lost, or incorrect DS-2019 form before the participant arrives in the USA. An exception will be made if the form error was made through the fault of InterExchange. Shipping charges will apply to expedited shipments.

Step 8: Apply for your Visa & Schedule Your Visa Appointment at the Embassy/Consulate

Step 9: Attend Your Visa Interview & Prepare for Departure

  • Attend your visa interview and receive your visa.

  • Review your participant handbook, insurance information, and other pre-departure materials provided in the acceptance packet.

  • Finalize your travel arrangements. Remember to enter your visa interview date, visa result, and flight information in your online application here.

  • Depart for the USA!

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation