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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 Federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour).

Seasonal jobs are generally paid an hourly salary rate ranging between US$7.25 and $20 per hour plus tips that vary from 10% to 20% of the total client bill. By accepting a summer job with tip-earning possibilities, you can significantly increase your monthly earnings.

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 :

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort (employer listed on the Coolworks website)
Monthly Salary (tips not included) : $20/hr (40 hours per week) = $3200 per month
Housing and Board are provided by the employer either at no charge or at a very low cost

Program Fees : £770 for 5 months, insurance and SEVIS fees included
Visa Fee : £130 (approx conversion of US$160)
Total Fees : £900

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. It should therefore take you between 6 and 10 weeks at most to cover your initial investment and travel costs.