Students coming to U.S. on a J-1 visa have a host of employment opportunities in store for them. Hotels, motels and fast food restaurants are all looking at hiring English speaking students for a wide range of positions. Whether it is housekeeping or a front desk job, employers are looking to fill such positions with educated, motivated and hard working young people. Besides the hospitality industry, theme parks and upscale ski resorts are also keen on employing international students for the peak winter season.
As young students can bring diversity to any company and give a new perspective with their international experience and knowledge, businesses can benefit from hiring international exchange students. The Work and Travel program is specially designed for students to spend their holidays in the US, while providing them an opportunity to work there for 3 to 4 months. Students are eager to discover a new culture, a new way of life and also make some money to take back home.
Foreign students are the best staffing solution for country clubs and ski resorts operating in winters and also hotels and restaurants having a peak season in winters. Many entry level hospitality positions are often covered by international students. Students can arrive in November and work till the end of March to fill peak seasonal positions. They are also allowed to work in multiple jobs with no job restrictions apart from domestic work. To qualify, one must be a registered student, between 18 to 30 years old and should apply for J-1 visa through the Work & Travel program. Visas are issued all year round, as students come from all parts of the world on their summer breaks. Students are allowed to work for a four month period, with a 30 day grace period for travel, until the expiration of their visa.