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– 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
  • 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 SWT visa please follow the link: https://bg.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/summer-work-travel-program-2/


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.