Applying for Work USA Summer Jobs is a simple step-by-step process that we guide you through. From securing your summer resort job to getting the visa we aim to keep it easy! We are upfront with all costs and provide a comprehensive screening call ensuring you are eligible for the program as well as answeing your questions. The entire application process is outlined below for you to review. If you have any questions about the steps just give us a call on 1300 797 702.

Be aware that there are some dodgy companies out there that will try and pressure you into applying. Always read the T&C’s and beware of all the costs. If the costs aren’t listed on the companies website – we recommend walking away.

At IEP, we pride ourselves in offering the best customer service on the market – if you aren’t happy after the initial phone call we will refund you in full.

Step 1

Apply online:
Start your Work USA Summer Jobs program here.

Step 2

In person or Skype interview:
We want to meet you and find out what your plans are for your trip! Some typical questions would be; why work in the USA, type of work you will look for, where do you want to live and so on.

Step 3

Create your American Resume: We will give you a guideline & example to follow. Send it to us to review.

Step 4

Employer & Interviews:
We will send you the employer information and booking forms so you can select which employer and job you want to apply for.

Step 5

Job Interviews:
You will Skype interview with your chosen employer. The American employer will let you know within 2 weeks of the Skype interview whether you were successful in securing employment.

If you are not successful with that employer we can arrange a second interview with another employer of your choice.

Step 6

Documents sent to US:
You will return all of the documentation that we initially sent you after you submitted your application. This will be:

  • Personal Details form
  • Participant Agreement form
  • Reference forms
  • Proof of Student Status form
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of any previous J-1 Visas

We will then review these documents to ensure they are correct and batch them to be sent to the US for your work permit/DS-2019. Batches are sent on the 1st & 15th of each month.

Step 7

Visa Processing:
Your documentation has been sent to the US and now our US sponsor is processing it. This can take anywhere from 1 – 2 weeks from the date it was batched.

Step 8

As a requirement of the US Department of state you are required to have travel insurance cover, that meets the State departments minimum criteria, for the duration of your visa. IEP has a range of options for every traveller so we can discuss those once you are signed up. If you wish to purchase travel insurance from another provider, we must confirm it meets the State Departments minimum criteria before we will release your DS 2019 form.

Step 9

Online Visa Application
You are provided with – Online Visa Instructions – in the courier pack. You will complete the visa application, pay the US Consulate fee ($160USD) and SEVIS fee ($35USD) and then book online your US Consulate interview in either Sydney, Melbourne or Perth.

Step 10

US Consulate Interview
You will attend a US Consulate interview where they will ask you about your intentions in the US. The US Consulate will hold onto your DS-2019 and passport for up to 5 business days (sometimes longer during busy periods). During this time they insert the J-1 Visa into your passport that will allow you to work in the US. Your passport is then sent back to you via courier. After your interview is where you will pay your final payment, reciprocal passport fee ($105USD).

Step 11

STA Travel is the preferred travel agency for Work USA, and we recommend you discuss your travel plans with the STA Travel Working Holidays Branch. They have great deals and offer flexible tickets to meet your US visa requirements. You can reach them on 1300 850 485 or

Step 12

Pre-departure Orientation
It is a US Consulate requirement that you attend the mandatory online pre-departure orientation session.  These are held every third Wednesday in the afternoon (AEDT).

The pre departure orientation covers all the vital information you need to know about living and working in the US:

  • CV format
  • Opening a bank account
  • Obtaining a tax file number
  • Tax and employment laws
  • Mobile Phones
  • Travel/Transportation
  • Much more!

After the pre-departure orientation you are free to head to the US to start your working holiday! 

Still have a few questions before you sign up? If you would like some clarification on anything at all, fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch within 1-2 working days, by phone and email, to answer any questions you might have.

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