Boston, Hub for J-1 Summer Work Travel Visa Applicants

Few months ago, I went with my husband to visit his alma mater in Boston. As we were walking along the street, I had noticed groups of students speaking a foreign language. My husband told me that those groups of students were Irish who came to the United States to study and work for a limited number of months.

According to an Irish online news portal, there are increasing numbers of Irish students applying for a J-1 visa under a Summer Work Travel Program, which permits them to stay and work in the United States for three months.

Considered as one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is the largest and capital city of Massachusetts. The City has eventually earned the reputation as the center for higher education deriving the good name mainly from the teaching, research projects, and scholarly activities of over a hundred colleges and universities in Greater Boston.

Boston is becoming the premiere hub and destination for Irish students who like to live and work especially in places near Cape Cod, an Irish news portal reported further.

To ensure that the system or an educational program related visas is not taken advantaged of and is not becoming a route to exploiting foreign students and workers, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed the proper government agency last December to review extensively and thoroughly the provisions and all circumstances surrounding the J-1 summer work travel visa. The directive was held in response to some reports that employers are exploiting foreign students and workers under summer work travel program. As many employers find hiring seasoned foreign workers more profitable because they will not have to pay for their Social Security and Medicare, foreign seasonal workers could suffer from some ill and unfair treatment.

Because there has been a report that some foreign student-workers are favored for taking in minimum wage than American students who may need more than just a minimum wage, the directive is issued in ensuring that all types of student-workers, whether Americans or foreign nationals, are treated fairly.

What is a Summer Work Travel Program?

The Summer Work Travel Program is designed for post-secondary students who are currently enrolled full time at an accredited higher educational institution that is outside of the United States, and who like to live and work in the US during summer vacation.

The program gives the foreign students an opportunity to work during summer vacation and to experience the American way of life.

What is a J-1 Visa and Who are Eligible to Apply?

If you like to travel to and work in the US during your summer vacation and you qualify for the Summer Work Travel Program, you may apply for a J-1 visa.

You may be eligible for the Program if you possess the following qualifications:

  • You must have sufficient knowledge of English language in order for you to communicate and participate in the English speaking territory;
  • You are currently enrolled and pursuing a degree as a full time student of an accredited higher educational institution located outside the US;
  • You must have completed at least a semester or an equivalent of a post-secondary academic study;
  • Unless you came from a visa waiver country, you must have a pre-placement prior to your entry to the US.

To ensure that you are taking the right steps to applying for J-1 visa, you may consult a Boston immigration lawyer who can help you increase your chance of approval. You may use the form on the right to contact one of our experienced immigration attorneys located in our Boston Immigration Law Firm.

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