The Work and Travel Program was created to allow international students to come to the United States during their university holiday period. We do not want students on this program to be taking jobs away from Americans, and it’s important that students are employed in positions where they can interact with Americans on the job. We also want to make sure that students are working in positions that do not present any danger or harm. If you have any questions about whether a job is allowed or not, call us at 1-888-830-9455.

Regarding specific positions, students cannot be placed:

1. In positions that could bring notoriety or disrepute to the Exchange Visitor Program
2. In sales positions that require participants to purchase inventory that they must sell in order to support themselves
3. In domestic help positions in private homes (e.g., child care, elder care, gardener, chauffeur)
4. As pedicab or rolling chair drivers or operators
5. As operators or drivers of vehicles or vessels for which drivers’ licenses are required regardless of whether they carry passengers or not
6. In positions related to clinical care that involves patient contact
7. In any position in the adult entertainment industry (including, but not limited to jobs with escort services, adult book/video stores, and strip clubs)
8. In positions requiring work hours that fall predominantly between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am
9. In positions declared hazardous to youth by the Secretary of Labor at Subpart E of 29 CFR part 570
10. In positions that require sustained physical contact with other people and/or adherence to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Universal Blood and Body Fluid Precautions guidelines (e.g., body piercing, tattooing, massage, manicure)
11. In positions that are substantially commission-based and thus do not guarantee that participants will be paid minimum wage in accordance with federal and state standards
12. In positions involved in gaming and gambling that include direct participation in wagering and/or betting

13. In positions in chemical pest control, warehousing, or catalogue/online order distribution centers
14. In positions with traveling fairs or itinerant concessionaires
15. In jobs that do not allow participants to work alongside U.S. citizens and interact regularly with U.S. citizens and to experience U.S. culture during the workday portion of their Summer Work Travel programs
16. With employers that fill non-seasonal or non-temporary job openings with exchange visitors with staggered vacation schedules
17. In positions that require licensing
18. In positions for which there is another specific J visa category (e.g., Camp Counselor, Trainee, Intern)
19. In positions with staffing agencies, unless the placements meet the following three criteria:
a. Participants must be employees of and paid by the staffing agencies
b. Staffing agencies must provide full-time, primary, on-site supervision of the participants
c. Staffing agencies must effectively control the work sites, (e.g., have hands-on management responsibility for the participants)
20. Positions in the North American Industry Classification System’s (NAICS) Goods-Producing Industries occupational categories industry sectors 11, 21, 23, 31-33 numbers (set forth at
21. In positions where you will displace domestic U.S. workers
22. In positions where the host employer has experienced layoffs in the past 120 days and do not have workers on lockout or on strike