The cost of the program may vary according to the conditions determined by the agencies.

What you should take into consideration is the non-refundable fee for the visa interview ($160), plus the non-refundable SEVIS fee, required by the U.S. Department of State ($35).

Another important matter is the cost of the flight ticket – prices, duration and transfers may vary according to location and the time in advance it is booked.

Different agencies offer varying options for deferred payment.


–   OBTAINING A VISA – The J-1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by a consular official at a U.S. embassy. Eligibility for a J-1 Visa depends on the specific exchange program being offered to the J-1 non-immigrant by a sponsor organization.


Every candidate is required to have the following documents in order to start the application procedure:

  • Valid passport
  • Completed DS-160 Application form
  • DS-2019 form (acceptance to a designated exchange visitor program) original and one photocopy
  • 35 USD SEVIS fee payment receipt
  • Fibank payment receipt for visa fee (160 USD)
  • Student book (Studentska Knijka)
  • “Uverenie” issued by the university
  • An additional photo
  • Any other documents the applicant feels are necessary to illustrate strong ties to Bulgaria
  • For detailed information of the whole process of obtaining a W&T visa please follow the link – http://bulgaria.usembassy.gov/j1_summer_work2.html


    ON THE SPOT –In case of emergency the U.S. Department of State has established a toll-free, 24-hour a day phone line: 1-866-283-9090.


    If you wish to change your job after arrival you must inform your U.S. sponsor to allow the proper registration of your employment there.