Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into CIEE Work & Travel USA. You have a lot to look forward to, but first, it is important to take care of the following items, so start soon!

- Your passport
- Your visa
- Housing research
- Medical appointments
- Travel arrangements, including getting to your job from the airport
- Online program orientation

You should stay in touch with your CIEE international representative throughout this process. They should be able to help with any questions you may have. If your plans or travel dates change, make sure to let them know. You won’t be able to change your paperwork or program dates after you are in the United States.

MANDATORY ONLINE ORIENTATION
CIEE’s online orientation is where you will get answers to many of your questions.

You Will Get Useful Advice About
- Traveling to America
- Making the most of your time in the United States as a CIEE Work & Travel USA student
- Important program rules and regulations

You can participate in the online orientation any time after you receive your paperwork from CIEE. You must complete the orientation before you leave for the United States. We’ll send you a reminder and a link to the orientation one month before your departure to make sure you don’t forget.

You should give yourself at least 60 minutes to complete the orientation.

CIEE is working with Unleesh to provide your orientation. To access your orientation, you should:

- Visit ciee.unleesh.com. Or, if you are using a mobile device, search for the Unleesh app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
- Click the Sign Up button on the screen. You will be asked for your email address - make sure you use the same email address where you received your Unleesh email invite.
- Go to the Path Store, select the Work & Travel USA Orientation Path and begin!

PLAN YOUR FINANCES
You will have to cover all of your expenses until you receive your first paycheck. When you arrive, U.S. Customs might require proof that you have enough money with you. Acceptable proofs include cash and bank statements.

You will need at least $800. We recommend that you bring extra money if possible, in case something unexpected happens.

CHECK YOUR HEALTH
CIEE provides you with medical insurance as a program benefit. Our insurance covers sudden illnesses and emergencies while you are in the United States, but does not cover routine medical procedures or checkups. You should see your doctor and dentist before you depart.

If you take prescription medication, bring a supply that will last for your entire trip, along with a doctor’s note listing all prescription medications and why you need them. You will need this information to share with a doctor, should you need to see one while in the United States.

For more information about CIEE insurance coverage, see CIEE's insurance website

Get in touch with your employer as soon as your travel plans are made. Check the dates on your DS-2019 form with them and make sure that their information matches yours.
Let your employer know how you will be traveling from the airport to your job.

Keep important documents, money, prescription drugs, and valuables with you. Do not put them in your checked luggage.

FOLLOW THESE TIPS

If this is your first time traveling, follow these tips to make sure your journey is as smooth as possible:

- Check with your airline about luggage fees and restrictions.
- Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is delayed.
- Make sure prescription drugs are clearly marked, and include a note from your doctor.
- Do not bring any perishable foods.
- Arrive at the airport early and keep your bags with you at all times.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU LAND
The more you learn before you depart, the easier it will be to get settled when you arrive in the United States. Take full advantage of the Internet. Go online and research housing, transportation, geography, and things to do and see. Contact your employer. They may be able to help you.

Before you depart, make copies of these documents and leave with a friend or relative at home in case you lose them. When you travel, keep your important documents with you – do not put them in checked luggage.

DOCUMENTS PROVIDED BY IST PLUS, EMPLOYER OR CIEE

DS-2019 FORM (CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY)
Once you’ve checked that the dates on the form are correct, you must have this important document with you:

- When you go to the Embassy for your visa interview
- When you arrive in the United States
- When you apply for a Social Security number

SEVIS RECEIPT
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security keeps track of visitors with a system called SEVIS, or The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. You will need your SEVIS receipt when you go to the U.S. Embassy to get your visa.

JOB OFFER FORM
This is your job agreement. It provides information about your job, dates of your employment, and your employer. You may be asked for this when you enter the United States.

CONFIRMATION OF INSURANCE & INSURANCE ID CARD
CIEE health insurance covers you for the duration of the program. Make sure you keep the ID card with you at all times. You must present it to your healthcare provider if you seek medical treatment. If not, you might be charged for services.

CIEE WORK & TRAVEL USA INFO CARD
This card has information on how to contact CIEE for assistance during your stay.

DOCUMENTS YOU NEED TO OBTAIN ON YOUR OWN
Passport – Your home country is responsible for issuing your passport. In a lot of countries, the Department of Foreign Affairs is charged with this duty. If you already have a passport, you need to make sure that it is valid for your entire trip, including any time in the United States after your program ends. Once you have your passport, contact the U.S. Embassy to schedule an interview to apply for your J-1 visa.
U.S. J-1 Visa – Take your DS-2019, SEVIS receipt, and passport with you to the interview. Your CIEE international representative can help guide you through the process, and may also help arrange your J-1 interview.

CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM 6059B
You will receive this on your flight. Fill it out before you land and give it to the Customs officer. Instructions are printed on the form.

Helpful Information About Your Work & Travel Program (Download and Print)
U.S. State Department Exchange Visitor Welcome brochure (PDF)
Summer Work & Travel USA Participant Welcome letter (PDF)
Summer Work & Travel USA brochure (PDF)
Wilberforce pamphlet: Rights and Protections for Temporary Workers (PDF)

If in doubt, contact CIEE

While you're in the USA you can always contact CIEE with any questions (please don't ask them for bus timetables or similar!) and they will be happy to help and advise.
You can call them toll free from any US based phone on 1-888-268-6245

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