Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to IWTS Company Limited. IWTS Company Limited is promoting the United States of America (USA) Cultural Exchange Programme under the business name International Work and Travel Services. IWTS is a legitimate recruiter for the J1 Cultural Exchange Programme and is registered with and licensed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. I understand that IWTS is located at 237 Old Hope Road, Suite 9- Technology Innovation Center, Kingston 6, Jamaica.
You can participate up to 4 months, depending on the program dates in your country, the job’s available dates and your university's summer break dates.
Yes. All Summer Work Travel participants must apply through IWTS.
Your IWTS representative will assist you with the online application process. As part of this process, you may be required to complete a video interview and orientation conference via Skype.
To apply you need the following documents:

• Copy of your passport biography page (the page with your picture on it)
• School status letter
• 1 Copy of your School Identification Card (valid)
• 1 smiling passport size picture
• Certified Status Letter from your school
• Fees
• Updated resume
• Completed Application Form
Your host company will provide a signed job offer, which provides details (e.g., location, wage) of the position you are being offered. Your signature indicates your agreement to the terms on the document.
You can find IWTS fees on the programme Manual
The total fee the client will pay to IWTS is JM$233,000.00. This includes registration etc. All lifeguards scheduled to work for High Sierra Pools and Sunset Pools will get free embassy.
Since Summer Work Travel positions are short and you are filling a position in the busy season for your host company, international travel is not recommended.However, if you will travel outside the U.S. during your program, you need to submit the following materials to your sponsor at least 2-3 weeks prior to your departure:
• Your ORIGINAL DS-2019
• A letter from your host company approving your vacation
• The dates you will be traveling outside the U.S.
• A self-addressed, pre-paid UPS or FedEx envelope (The Sponsor will return your DS-2019 with travel validation in this envelope)
The Sponsor will travel validate your DS-2019 which will allow you to travel outside the U.S. and re-enter upon your return.
Please contact IWTS to inquire. 876-491-1418 or 876-491-4098
Since the DS-2019 allows you to stay in the U.S., you are still a legal, valid participant after your visa expires (until the end date on your DS-2019). However, you cannot leave the U.S. and then return after your visa expires. Visa is usually the same date as date on the Ds 2019 form.
If there is no earlier date indicated on your I-94, you are allowed a 30-day "grace period" after the end date for the purposes of travel and departure. You can neither work during this period nor travel outside the U.S. and return.However, once you have school in September, you need to return to Jamaica for your first day of class.
You should contact he Sponsor ONLY when you:
• Arrive in the U.S.
• Leave the U.S. for any reason.
• Have problems at your host company.
• Change your postal address.
• Desire a second job.
• Have questions regarding your health insurance.
• Have questions regarding your program.
• Have any issues related to your program, housing,or health of which CENET should be aware and/or for which you need assistance.
Once you arrive in the U.S., you need to notify your sponsor of your arrival. They will notify SEVIS and your health insurance provider to activate your accounts. You then need to wait up to 7-10 business days before applying for a Social Security card. You may be employed during this time. After 7-10 business days you may go to your local Social Security Administration office and apply for your Social Security card. To find your local Social Security office or for more information on Social Security, please visit: www.ssa.gov.
You may work and receive pay while you are awaiting the arrival of your Social Security card in the postal mail. You should provide your host company with a copy of your application receipt after visiting the Social Security Administration.
The authorized health insurance that you will carry includes coverage for medical care and hospitalization as well as medical evacuation (your return home in case of serious illness or accident). Routine physicals, most dental work, and most eye care are not covered, so be sure that you have attended to these concerns before leaving home. Some physicians may require you to pay for treatment at the time of service and file your own insurance claim with the insurance company.Note: All types of insurance have a deductible. This is an amount you have to pay before the insurance will pay anything.
Most cities and states levy a sales tax on all purchases. Sales tax rates vary, but you can usually expect to pay about 7-8% more for any item than what the price tag indicates. In addition, EVERY PERSON who receives a paycheck in the U.S. is subject to federal income tax. In many states, there is a state income tax, too. In January, your employer will send you a W2 form showing your earnings during the previous year. By April 15, you must file an income tax form. If you have already returned to your home country, you can get this form and the relevant instructions from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country, or you can print them from the Internal Revenue Service website. You can search online for companies who offer tax return preparation service for a fee if you would like assistance.
A social security tax (called FICA) is automatically withheld from the paychecks of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Because you are in non-immigrant status, social security tax should NOT be withheld from your paycheck. Some U.S. companies are not aware of this regulation. If you have problems, ask your host company to contact the Sponsor or direct them to Chapter 8 of IRS Publication 519 "U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens" for proof of these exemptions.
If you lose your DS-2019, contact the sponsor right away; it can be replaced for a fee. If you lose your Social Security card, you will need to report the loss to the Social Security Administration. To replace your passport, you need to immediately contact the nearest Consulate for your home country.
Yes. You are required check your email at least weekly and to respond to all your sponsor’s messages in a timely fashion (24hours). They will send you periodic emails for the purposes of monitoring your program as well as to share program information and updates. You should also contact them at any time to report any issues, concerns, and questions, as well as to share your positive experiences in the U.S.
Within 72 hours of your arrival in the United States, login and click "SEVIS Activation." Notify the Sponsor of your arrival and your U.S. housing address. The Sponsor will then activate your SEVIS record.
You are obligated to remain at the host company listed on your DS-2019. Transfers are rare and only approved due to serious reasons. You may not leave your host company without the sponsor’s authorization. Failure to remain at your host company can result in termination of your program.
Yes. You may accept a second job. However, it must not conflict with your primary position and it must be approved by your sponsor before you start.
Yes. All participants must be registered under a full-time status and are physically attending classes in order to participate in the Summer Work Travel Programme.
Payments can be made at any N.C.B branch.
Name of Account: IWTS Company Limited
Program fee Account #: 065-136-759
IWTS Office is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m.