J-1 Camp Counsellor Visa Eligibility

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J-1 Camp Counselor Visa Eligibility

The BUNAC visa team will assist you in submitting your visa application to the US Embassy as well as provide and check all documents along the way. Here are some common questions participants often have about the J-1 Visa. 

What is a J-1 Camp Counselor Visa? A J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to visitors participating in programmes that promote cultural exchange. 
How long can I work for and where?

The J-1 visa allows you to work for up to 4 months between June and September at the summer camp where you have been contracted to work.

What is the process of getting a visa? The US Government requires all first time applicants to attend an interview in person with the US Embassy in London or Belfast. Returners may be eligible for a postal application, but this will be at the discretion of the US Embassy. BUNAC’s experienced team will guide you through this process.
Will my visa be issued on the day of my interview?

No. The US Embassy will hold onto your passport and this will be couriered back to you. You should assume they will have your passport for at least 2 weeks.

How much does the visa cost?

The visa and courier fee is $160 USD. 
What support funds do I need? You must travel to the USA with at least $300 in support funds and be prepared to show proof of this at immigration.
Who will be my visa sponsor? BUNAC administers Summer Camp Exchange USA in conjunction with the US authorised visa sponsor, CIEE.

Can I bring my children?

No.

How many visas can I have in my lifetime?

If you’ve had a J-1 camp counsellor visa before either through BUNAC or another organisation, you can apply to Summer Camp USA Exchange 2016 as a returner providing you’re still eligible. Please contact BUNAC if this applies to you. 

Which nationalities can apply? All nationalities can apply providing they meet the requirements. If you are not a UK or EU passport holder then please contact BUNAC. 

Any more questions? Feel free to call us on 033 3999 7516  or request a call back.