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.