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How to Work and Holiday in USA

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When Kiwis think of a working holiday - they naturally think of England or a Ski Job in Canada.

Traditionally we've all headed to the UK because we've always know we can - most New Zealanders can easily get a 2 year working holiday visa for England and head off to London shortly after in search of work (and a holiday in Europe slotted somewhere in between jobs right!).

Those who are not so adventurous go for a working holiday not so far from home - in Australia - for which - at the time of writing - NZ Passport holders do not need a visa for.

Canada holds the Whistler Ski Fields which draw those who love to snow board and ski to the Canadian winter for a 12 month working holiday - and again - the working holiday visa is not too hard to obtain for NZ'ers as long as you are aged 18-30 and have enough funds to support yourself.

If you ask someone how you can work and travel in the USA - for any length of time - you will usually get one of two replies. You can't - or I don't know. It's a common myth that US Visas and Immigration officials are difficult. While the paperwork and regulations around working holidays in USA can be tricky - the options are still there. The trick is to go with a company that knows what they are doing - that way you won't have any hassles at immigration on arrival (or as you leave).

There are three main options for New Zealanders wanting to work in America.

  1. A J-1 Camp Counselor Visa - this visa is a cultural Exchange Visa and allows you to be placed in a summer camp for kids in America for 9-16 weeks over the US Summer and the NZ Winter. This allows you to work in the USA for their summer like a seasonal job (but only working at a summer camp) - but it's not only available to students - you don't need to be a student to apply for this cultural exchange visa. There is also no upper age limit. Camp America sponsors your visa for you.
  2. A J-1 Au Pair Visa - this option allows those with childcare experience or qualifications (or both) to be placed in a family in America for 12-24 months caring for the family's children while living in with the family. You get pocket money and your living expenses paid for plus assistance with your airfares to USA. This visa is also a cultural exchange and allows you to learn about the real America by living with a family - while sharing something of your own country with the family you are placed in as well as others you meet along the way. It's a very popular visa. We are an official sponsor for this visa as well as the Camp America program - the Au Pair in America Program is the official sister program to Camp America.
  3. The 12 Month Graduate Work and Travel Visa is available to recent tertiary graduates. 
  4. Green Card - apart from the Green Card Lottery this is almost impossible to obtain. The Lottery is just that - it's a Lottery.

We can help you with the first two if you are interested. If any of those options sound like you - comment below and let us know if you have any questions - tell us which one you're keen on and we can work with you to find you the perfect position, and then sort you out with all the visa paperwork too.

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Auckland, 1024, New Zealand

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