Upon your arrival, A PI manager will assist you with your accommodation. They will present you with a few possible rental choices. Important: Please be aware that most housing requires a security deposit plus first month's rent to be paid prior to move-in. Please ensure you are prepared for this expense as it may be considerable.
Register with PI ~ SEVIS
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a student tracking system. In order to maintain the integrity of this tracking system, U.S. law requires that you register with SEVIS within 72 hours of your arrival and inform CETUSA of any address change within 10 days of establishing a new residential address. If you violate this law, your J-1 visa is subject to termination.
Important: PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER WITH SEVIS UNTIL YOU ARE IN THE U.S.
To register with SEVIS you need to send us your current address and contact number
Email us ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Social Security Number (SSN)
All participants who have not previously been granted a Social Security Number must apply for one. Be sure to request a temporary certificate when you apply for your card. This document is proof that you have applied. Your Social Security Number should be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks from the date of your application. There might be some delays in the state of Alaska during the summer season.
Important: It is very important that you register with Placement International, before you apply for your Social Security Number.
Contacting the Social Security Administration? Call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 or visit their website at www.ssa.gov.
I-9 – Employment Eligibility Verification Form
Your employer will require you to complete an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form to prove you can legally work in the U.S.. This form must be completed before you begin your training program.
Remember: Check the box "an alien authorized to work until" and enter the expiration date as indicated on the pink copy of your DS-2019. You will need to show your passport, DS-2019, and I-94 card to your Host Company or supervisor, who witnesses you signing this document.
When you begin your job, your employer will ask you to complete a Form W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) to ensure that you are taxed appropriately. Your employer will use the information on this form to determine how much tax should be withheld from your paycheck.
Taxes and Tax Return
Taxes: are obligated to pay regular federal, state and city tax. However, you do not have to pay withholdings for Social Security, Medicare and Federal Unemployment tax.
Tax Return: The U.S. tax year begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st. In the beginning of February, your employer will send you a Form W-2, detailing your total wages and the amount of each tax withheld. You must receive a W-2 from each of your employers since you will be required to submit copies of the form with your tax returns. If you have not received your W-2 forms by February 28th, you should contact your employers for replacement. When you receive your W-2, you will have to fill out a tax return form. The deadline for filing tax return forms is April 15th.
You are a visitor to the U.S. but the law still applies to you. You need to be aware of and respect all the U.S. federal, state and local laws just as you would do at home. You are fully responsible for any crimes or violations you commit. This means you are fully responsible for any and all expenses involved with defending yourself if you are arrested and any penalties, prison sentences or monetary fines that apply to your conviction.
Important: YOU SHOULD AVOID SUCH PROBLEMS AS: