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In order to be a part of the programme, all of our applicants will be required to obtain a J-1 visa. The Skilled Summers team will help you do this. Read below to find out more.

J-1 Visa – What Is It?

The Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1) is a non-immigrant visa issued by the U.S. Department of State that provides opportunities 

for international candidates looking to gain invaluable life experience in the United States. This could be through teaching, studying, conducting 

research, demonstrating special skills or receiving on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.


As part of your J-1 visa, you are also gifted with a 30-day travel period to explore the various differing landscapes of the vast U S of A. 


Further information, including hints & tips, can be found by clicking HERE

How Do I Apply For The J-1 Visa?

To help make it as straightforward as possible, Skilled Summers provides all applicants with a detailed step-by-step guide to help you through the entire visa application process. This will be sent to you after your placement at camp has been confirmed. 

As well as gathering required documentation and paying a mandatory visa fee directly to the U.S. Department of State, all applicants will be required to attend an ‘interview’ at their local US Embassy (in the UK, this will be at either the US Embassy in London or the Consulate General’s Office in Belfast). You will book a time slot on their website and be expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to your interview time. Most applicants are in and out within an hour but, depending on how busy the embassy is, this could longer (1-2 hours) so please take this into consideration when travelling to the embassy/consulate. 

Any travel costs incurred to/ from the Embassy will be your responsibility.

Unlike many other summer camp organisations, there is no fee payable to us for your visa.

Documentation Required For Your Embassy Appointment;

The Skilled Summers team are here to help every step of the way.

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In order to be a part of the programme, all of our applicants will be required to obtain a J-1 visa. The Skilled Summers team will help you do this. Read below to find out more.

J-1 Visa – What Is It?

The Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1) is a non-immigrant visa issued by the U.S. Department of State that provides opportunities for international candidates looking to gain invaluable life experience in the United States. This could be through teaching, studying, conducting research, demonstrating special skills or receiving on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.

As part of your J-1 visa, you are also gifted with a 30-day travel period to explore the various differing landscapes of the vast U S of A.

How Do I Apply For The J-1 Visa?

To help make it as straightforward as possible, Skilled Summers provides all applicants with a detailed step-by-step guide to help you through the entire visa application process. This will be sent to you after your placement at camp has been confirmed. 

As well as gathering required documentation and paying a mandatory visa fee directly to the U.S. Department of State, all applicants will be required to attend an ‘interview’ at their local US Embassy (in the UK, this will be at either the US Embassy in London or the Consulate General’s Office in Belfast). You will book a time slot on their website and be expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to your interview time. Most applicants are in and out within an hour but, depending on how busy the embassy is, this could longer (1-2 hours) so please take this into consideration when travelling to the embassy/consulate. 

Any travel costs incurred to/ from the Embassy will be your responsibility.

Unlike many other summer camp organisations, there is no fee payable to us for your visa.

Documentation Required For Your Embassy Appointment;

  • Current Passport – valid for travel to the United States. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in the United States.

  • DS-160 confirmation page – printed directly from the online embassy/consulate booking system after your appointment is confirmed

  • Embassy Appointment Booking Confirmation and Instructions Page

  • Photo (colour) – 5 x 5 cm (or 2″ x 2″) taken within the last 6 months. Must be a clear headshot.

  • Certificate of Eligibility (D2-2019) – Skilled Summers will send this to you by secure mail to your nominated address.

  • SEVIS I-901 Fee Receipt – available to print once you have confirmed your appointment

  • Proof of Return – Evidence that you intend to return home after your time in the States is over (this includes your 30 day travel period). The US love to see us join them over the Summer but please do not overstay your welcome.  Proof can come in the form of a letter from your employer or a return flight itinerary.

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