In order to protect our participants and fully vet your interest in them, we must have the following documents, authorizations, or information on hand for the U.S. Department of State:
1. United Studies, Inc. must review eligibility of program participants that include the following:
a. Application form
b. Proof of English language ability
c. Sufficient funds available to live in the U.S.
d. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
f. Police check
g. Reference(s) from employer, teacher, related professional
2. United Studies, Inc. requires the host employer provide a job offer/contract to each participant that specifies in detail:
a. Any benefits beyond wages (ie. housing, meals, transportation, pocket money, etc.), and monetizes the value of said benefits.
b. The anticipated number of days working and not working per week.
c. Notice and explanation of any payroll deductions from a participant’s wages.
3. United Studies, Inc. must have accurate work start and end dates.
4. United Studies, Inc. must have accurate number of hours offered to participants (minimum of 32 hours required), starting wage, and overtime rate, if available. These rates must be in accordance with applicable state and federal law.
5. United Studies, Inc. will be monitoring participants to make sure that have access to suitable, affordable, and safe housing as well as reliable transportation between their residences and worksites.
6. United Studies, Inc. ensures that participants arrive with sufficient illness and accident insurance to cover the program dates of their J-1 experience.
7. United Studies, Inc. ensures that participants receive necessary job offer information related to duties and housing prior to their arrival in the U.S.
8. United Studies, Inc. provides Pre-Arrival Information and Orientation prior to a participant’s arrival to the U.S.
9. United Studies, Inc. must have confirmation that employment is seasonal and temporary and must provide opportunities for participants to interact regularly with U.S. citizens and experience U.S. culture.
10. United Studies, Inc. will be making direct contact, in person or by telephone with your business to verify the owner/manager name(s), addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and professional activities.
11. United Studies, Inc. will use publicly available information to confirm that your business is viable (i.e. Secretary of State, advertisements, websites, and feedback from prior participants).
12. United Studies, Inc. must obtain and verify your company EIN number.
13. United Studies, Inc. must obtain and verify your current company worker’s compensation insurance policy or exemption from such coverage.
14. United Studies, Inc. must obtain a current official license for operating in your city, county, or state.
15. United Studies, Inc. must obtain confirmation that your business will not displace domestic U.S. workers at worksites where program participants are placed.
16. United Studies, Inc. must obtain confirmation that your business has not experienced layoffs in the past 120 days and that you do not have workers on lockout or strike.
17. United Studies, Inc. will be closely monitoring participants placed in positions that are frequently associated with human trafficking (e.g., modeling agencies, housekeeping, janitorial services, etc.)
18. United Studies, Inc. ensures that participants and Host Employers have continuous and regular program staff support including 24-hour emergency access via phone.