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    Does anyone know where I can get a J-1 visa during my gap year? I want to work next summer (2011). Bunac's Work USA doesn't let you apply if you are on your gap year. I have found another organisation which say they could get me a visa but for £600 (Bunac is £250 I think) and only during the university holiday for the course I'm studying which would be a problem because I need to be able to get to America during May and southampton uni doesn't seem to go on holiday before June (I think?). Has anyone or is anyone trying to get a J-1 during a gap year and how have you done this?
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    Can't and can you link me the one offering for £600... sounds like a scam
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    To get a J-1 visa you got to be a student? As in Uni student.

    go to, ciee.org, and find their repoersenative in the UK. Most places will will have cheaper visa rates but you got to buy tickets through their travel agent, and vice versa, cheaper visa, but you got to buy the SEVIS, and apply for the DS-2019, and the internet and the list goes on.
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    (Original post by Nalced)
    To get a J-1 visa you got to be a student? As in Uni student.

    go to, ciee.org, and find their repoersenative in the UK. Most places will will have cheaper visa rates but you got to buy tickets through their travel agent, and vice versa, cheaper visa, but you got to buy the SEVIS, and apply for the DS-2019, and the internet and the list goes on.
    Correct. And if you go it alone, you have to have a US company sponsor you which is almost impossible outside of schemes like BUNAC.
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    I looked at BUNAC but they say specifically on their website that they don't take gap year students. Are there any other sponsers I would be able to use which would take gap year students?

    I was looking at ccusa but I'm not sure where I got the £600 thing from now because I just looked at it again and its only £460 but I'm not sure if I then have to pay more (£95) for the actual visa?
    http://www.ccusa.com/programs/ws/

    I would really like to work on a ranch and they all seem to hire people from mid may to end of august/ beginning of september. So I would need a visa to be paid and in my gap yr book it says I shoud get the J-1... would this be the right visa?
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    (Original post by Harriette)
    I looked at BUNAC but they say specifically on their website that they don't take gap year students. Are there any other sponsers I would be able to use which would take gap year students?

    I was looking at ccusa but I'm not sure where I got the £600 thing from now because I just looked at it again and its only £460 but I'm not sure if I then have to pay more (£95) for the actual visa?
    http://www.ccusa.com/programs/ws/

    I would really like to work on a ranch and they all seem to hire people from mid may to end of august/ beginning of september. So I would need a visa to be paid and in my gap yr book it says I shoud get the J-1... would this be the right visa?
    No, you can't get the J-1 visa because you are not a student and it says this on CCUSA aswell, there is really no way of getting around it. You could probably volunteer for an organisation using the volunteer programs available from BUNAC
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    (Original post by ChrisBan)
    No, you can't get the J-1 visa because you are not a student and it says this on CCUSA aswell, there is really no way of getting around it. You could probably volunteer for an organisation using the volunteer programs available from BUNAC
    not true!!!
    im on a gap year and going to texas with ccusa next week!
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    (Original post by starfall)
    not true!!!
    im on a gap year and going to texas with ccusa next week!
    I'm just going on what the CCUSA says on their website regarding eligibility for their program, which is also the same with BUNAC.
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    (Original post by ChrisBan)
    I'm just going on what the CCUSA says on their website regarding eligibility for their program, which is also the same with BUNAC.

    No! I have a J1 visa and I am a graduate. I am doing Camp America as a Camp Counselor. You can do CCUSA Camp Counselor program, Camp America camp program and Bunac Summer Camp USA.

    You cannot do Bunac Work America or work as support staff on a summer camp if you are not a student.
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    (Original post by questionmark)
    No! I have a J1 visa and I am a graduate. I am doing Camp America as a Camp Counselor. You can do CCUSA Camp Counselor program, Camp America camp program and Bunac Summer Camp USA.

    You cannot do Bunac Work America or work as support staff on a summer camp if you are not a student.
    Okay fine, but considering the OP wants to work on a ranch that isn't really relevant. You have a J1 visa because you have a sponsoring organisation; Camp America. The J1 visa is described as an exchange visa and from my loose reading around US visas there needs to be a sponsoring organisation. As the OP isn't classed as a student yet, they are not eligible for the other programs mentioned because they do not meet the requirements of the programs. Ultimately because of that, they have no sponsoring organisation and therefore will find it ultimately difficult to get a J1 visa without doing a program like Camp America
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    (Original post by Harriette)
    I looked at BUNAC but they say specifically on their website that they don't take gap year students. Are there any other sponsers I would be able to use which would take gap year students?

    I was looking at ccusa but I'm not sure where I got the £600 thing from now because I just looked at it again and its only £460 but I'm not sure if I then have to pay more (£95) for the actual visa?
    http://www.ccusa.com/programs/ws/

    I would really like to work on a ranch and they all seem to hire people from mid may to end of august/ beginning of september. So I would need a visa to be paid and in my gap yr book it says I shoud get the J-1... would this be the right visa?

    This is the correct visa. Harriette don't worry you can get a J1 visa. I graduated last year and am going to a special needs camp this Summer with Camp America. Ignore the other poster, there's loads of opportunities to work at a riding camp or a ranch as a specialist camp counsellor- if you wanted to that is. You can find out more info on camp america forums. You can do Bunac, CCUSA and Camp America but only the camp america program you cannot work as a support staff e.g. cleaning - which doesn't seem what you want to do anyway!
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    (Original post by questionmark)
    This is the correct visa. Harriette don't worry you can get a J1 visa. I graduated last year and am going to a special needs camp this Summer with Camp America. Ignore the other poster, there's loads of opportunities to work at a riding camp or a ranch as a specialist camp counsellor- if you wanted to that is. You can find out more info on camp america forums. You can do Bunac, CCUSA and Camp America but only the camp america program you cannot work as a support staff e.g. cleaning - which doesn't seem what you want to do anyway!
    My assumption was based on Hariette's working on a ranch statement, and on the basis she had been looking at the work America programs (implying that she is not interested in camp counceling, although my bad if that isn't the case) I do not deny that Harriette could get a J1 visa, if she was interested in being a camp councelor on a ranch . However, if she does not want to do the ranch camp counceling, then what I said regarding the J1 visa stands.
 
 
 

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