To be eligible for the Work USA 12 Month program you need to:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Hold a New Zealand or Australian passport
- Have graduated from full-time study at a recognised tertiary level institute within the last 12 months,
are currently enrolled in full-time studies at a recognised tertiary level institute.
Extramural courses or part-time courses are not eligible
The recent graduate 12 months eligibility criteria is from the date you attended your graduation ceremony or the date that is on your certificate. You must have arrived in the USA before the 12 months is up.
If you are applying as a current full-time student you must have completed 12 months of full-time studies prior to departure.
If you are currently enrolled at, or recently graduated from, an accredited tertiary institution which upon graduation you will receive / have received official qualifications in the form diploma level or higher, then it is likely that you will be eligible. Certifcates arnet acceptable for this program.
If you have any questions or require further clarification please contact us on 0800 443 769.
Proof of Student Status
If you are a current student you will need to have our eligibility form signed and stamped with the institution's seal by the:
- polytechnic/university registrar, or
- student administration officer, or
- supervising professor or tutor.
A photocopy of both sides of your student ID card is also required. If applying under the recent graduate status a letter detailing your eligibility of graduation is also acceptable.
Additional Visa Criteria
The J-1 visa that you get through Work USA 12 Month program allows you to work in virtually any job, anywhere in the USA. The exceptions are that you cannot work as a Medical Intern, Nanny/Au-pair, Domestic help, Football/Soccer coach or Camp Counsellor (see Summer Camp USA pages), and a few others.
You cannot be accompanied by spouse or dependents. You cannot be a commercial driver.