You need to get a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa in order to work in the USA. We supply you with the
forms for the visa, you fill them out and we apply for the visa for you at the American Embassy in Moscow or at the
American Consulates in St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg. A mandatory SEVIS fee payment is necessary to apply for yor visa and it is paid by us
on your behalf. This visa must be obtained before leaving your home
country – it cannot be obtained in the U.S. Every participant will be invited for the personal interview at the Embassy
and you will find out whether you get your visa or not right after the interview is over. Our visa rejection rate last season
was less than 2% overall and main reasons for visa rejections were:
overstaying previous visas last year;
In some cases reasons were not given.
The CCUSA J-1 visa allows you to work at
any seasonal jobs or at a summer camp either in a camp counselor or support staff position. You may only work for
the period specified on the DS-2019 form you receive from CCUSA office. This period is usually 4 months. The dates
are usually the end of May through the end of September of the current year. You are no longer able to work in the
U.S. once the date listed on your DS-2019 form has expired. But you may stay in the country for an additional 30
days for the purpose of traveling in the U.S. During this 30-day grace period, you are under the control of the
Department of Homeland Security and are therefore no longer the responsibility of CCUSA. Unfortunately CCUSA
cannot support you during this grace period, you are advised not to leave and then reenter the borders of the U.S.
even if you have a multiple entry visa. The Department of Homeland Security cannot guarantee that you will be
allowed back into the U.S., and you may be deported to your home country.
As determined by the U.S.
government, your J-1 visa is non-extendable and CCUSA cannot assist you in obtaining a new visa. On a
J-1 visa, you are required to leave the U.S. within 30 days of the expiration of the DS-2019 form. Do not risk your
future trips to the U.S. or the program for others in your home country by overstaying your visa.