The Department of State limits what jobs can be performed by Work and Travel students and United Studies reserves the right to deny any job that does not comply with our policies. If you accept a job listed here and do not inform us, you will be terminated from the program and have your DS2019 revoked.
Any person visiting the U.S. without a sponsor and the authorization provided by the DS2019 is here illegally.
Please review this list of jobs that United Studies will not approve:
Specific Prohibited Jobs
- Any job that could bring undue attention or disrepute to the Exchange Visitor Program
- Jobs requiring licensing
- Warehouse or order distribution centers
- Manufacturing jobs
- Traveling fairs/concessions
- Chemical pest control
- Sales positions where the employee has to purchase inventory to sell
- Work in private homes providing child care, elder care, landscaping or as a personal driver
- Pedicab or rolling chair drivers or operators
- Operators of vehicles or vessels which require a drivers’ license, whether or not there are passengers
- Medical care positions that involve patient contact
- Any position in the adult entertainment industry
- Jobs that require work primarily between 22:00 and 06:00
- Jobs labeled as hazardous to youth by the Secretary of Labor, Subpart E of 29 CFR part 570
- Jobs that require consistent physical contact with other people (i.e. body piercing, tattooing, massage, manicure)
- Commission-based jobs that do not guarantee participants will be paid federal and state minimum wage
- Gaming and gambling jobs that involve direct participation in wagering/betting
- Any job that has a specific “J” visa category (camp counselors, interns, trainees)
Other Types of Prohibited Jobs
- Any job that displaces U.S. workers
- Any job other than seasonal/temporary employment
- Any job where the employer has had layoffs within 120 days prior to hiring
- Any job where the employer has employees on strike
- Any job must be approved by United Studies prior to the start date and United Studies must vet every employer.
- A student is able to change jobs, but must give United Studies adequate prior notification.
- Any student found working at a position not approved by United Studies will be terminated from the program.
- There is very little chance that a student will be allowed to stay in the U.S. if terminated by their program sponsor therefore it is in the student’s best interest to comply.
- If you have questions about a specific job and its acceptability, please contact us before pursuing employment.