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J-1 visa programs


Your salary will either be posted on the job offer or negotiated directly with the employer. All employers must pay you at least the legal minimum wage. Salaries, not including tips, vary from state to state and range from 2.13 USD to 10.50 USD per hour.

Seasonal jobs are generally paid an hourly salary rate plus tips that go from 10% to 20% of the total client bill. By accepting a summer job that has the possibility of getting tips, you can increase your monthly earnings.

Do the math : Even if the initial investment (program fees, visa fees and plane ticket) seems high, you will cover it in a short amount of time and make extra money for living, having fun and travelling! For example :

Yellowstone Vacation (employer listed on the Coolworks website)
Monthly Salary (tips not included) : $10/hr (40 hours per week) = $1600 per month
Housing and Board provided = $252 per month
Total salary after deductions, without tips: $1348 per month

If you add tips and overtime to the total, you can double your salary each month.

Program Fees : £645 for 5 months, insurance and SEVIS fees included
Visa Fee : £125 (approx)
Total Fees : £770

The price of your plane ticket ranging from £600 to £1000 depending on the season and destination will have to be added to the total fees above.

If you add the cost of the plane ticket to this total, it will take you between 6 and 10 weeks to cover your initial investment.