Work and Travel Questions Answered: Can I get a Second Job?

J-1 Work and Travel Participant, 2016
Mar 02 2019

In short, yes! Before you can start a new job, you must first let CICD complete its host company review process. CICD has created the easy guide below to help you complete this process quickly and efficiently!

The J-1 Work & Travel program allows university students to come to the United States to share their culture and ideas through temporary work and travel opportunities for up to 4 months. This is not a work visa. It’s for work AND fun! Believe it or not, having fun is required.

The Center for International Career Development (CICD) is an official U.S. Department of State designated J-1 Visa Program Sponsor. CICD is authorized to complete the vetting for your application and to issue you the DS-2019 Form that is needed to apply for the J-1 Work & Travel Visa.

Follow this process to secure a second job during your Work and Travel program:

Step 1: Inform CICD of your desired second job’s company and hiring manager’s name.

Step 2: Your new employer completes the required CICD Employment Verification form (EV). The EV is an agreement between the host company and you, describing general terms of employment. Either you or CICD can email this form to your new employer

That’s it! CICD will conduct the following verification for your second job with your new hiring manager:

  • CICD obtains a copy of the employer’s business license
  • CICD obtains a copy of the employer’s Workers Compensation Insurance
  • CICD conducts a 15 minute phone interview with the hiring manager
  • CICD confirms that the employer will provide compensation and proper supervision
  • After CICD completes the phone interview, we will send the hiring manager a final Host Company Agreement for review and signature

Pro tip: Send this blog post to your potential new hiring manager to help them prepare to submit the required materials!

Important: You are NOT authorized to begin working, training, or “shadowing” at a second job without CICD’s authorization as your visa sponsor. If you have not received CICD’s authorization before you start your second job, you may be dismissed from the program. Don’t just take your employer’s word for it – wait for the official authorization email from CICD before you start!

The good news is that a job authorization can take as little as a couple of hours if the employer is prepared and available!

Ready to get started?

Please email with your questions or visit CICD’s FAQ page.

We look forward to sponsoring your J-1 Work and Travel program!