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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Work Experience USA program?  We have answers!  

Most of the common questions we get regarding the program are answered below.  Browse through the list of the questions in the categories below.  Of course, if your question hasn't been answered, don't hesitate to contact your nearest office.

Yes, the program is only open to Full-time Post Secondary study students that are returning and enrolled to study after they have completed the Work Experience USA program or those they have just graduated from a Fulltime University, College or TAFE.
The age range for the program is 18-29.
Yes, all participants must locate their job before going to the US. If you are confident about finding your own job, then the Independent Option is the right choice for you. If you are too busy to spend the time it will take or not confident about approaching a US employer, then you can choose our Placement Option. 

If you choose the Placement Option, CCUSA will organize your job before you go. These jobs could include working at a ski resort in one of many different US states, a hotel in California, or in retail.

Yes. A lot of students apply for jobs with their friends on the Independent Program. Just make sure you both notify your employer in your cover letter, that you are seeking employment at the same employer.
The DS2019 form is a US government form that allows you to apply for your J-1 Visa at the US Consulate. The form is provided to you by CCUSA, your sponsor, after you have met the qualifications for the program.
The process varies at each US consulate. Your local CCUSA office will have all the necessary instructions and paperwork to apply for your J-1 Visa.
Yes. To apply for the J1 Visa you must attend a personal interview at the US Consulate. Your local CCUSA office will provide information on booking and attending your appointment.
No. It is NOT possible to extend your visa. You are only able to work during the legal program dates as indicated on the DS-2019 visa form, supplied to you by CCUSA.
Yes. Depending on the dates on your DS2019 form you will need to purchase 3 or 4 months CCUSA insurance. This policy is specifically designed with young travelers in mind. There is no free health service in the US and medical care is very expensive, so we want to ensure that you are adequately covered. If you have a pre-existing condition (have received medical care within the last 12 months) please call the office for advice as you may require additional coverage. When you receive the insurance policy leaflet, read the policy carefully so you know what is covered and what is not.
This depends on you. How much money you bring back will be affected by how much you work and how you decide to spend your money.
Some employers provide employee housing options. However, you may need to arrange your own housing if employee housing is not provided by your employer.. Your employer may be able provide you with housing options or leads . Our Independent Option website also lists housing websites!
Yes. In addition to being on university campuses around the country, we will also be holding CCUSA Presentations. These will provide information about working, traveling, your visa, flights, insurance, etc. Details about when and where we will be visiting your campus are available on the website under “More Information”. The Work Experience USA presentations last approximately one hour and we strongly recommend you attend one. You may always contact our local office via phone or email with any questions.
No, it is easy to meet people through the pre-departure meetings, on CCUSA group flights or even at your job. You won't be alone for long! Some past participants have preferred traveling on their own as it opens them up to meeting Americans and other new friends.. Part of the experience is meeting new people and making friends from around the globe.
The majority of Work Experience USA participants said that their rent was $50-$150 per week. Although rent can certainly be higher, many also found cheaper accommodation. If you are thinking about living in a large city (New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Washington DC, etc) or resort towns then you can expect to pay higher rent.