CCUSA’s Teacher USA is designated by the United States Department of State as a BridgeUSA J-1 Visa Teacher Program Sponsor. Teacher USA allows qualified international teachers from around the world to teach full-time in accredited public and private primary and secondary schools (K – 12) in the United States. Exchange Teachers must work at least one full school year and can work for up to three years with the option to extend for an additional two years. Exchange Teachers can expect to enhance their professional development, participate in cross-cultural activities, and encourage learning for all parties.
Teachers in the CCUSA Teacher USA program are allowed to work at K – 12 schools in the following positions: General Education (primary grades); Bilingual Education (English, Spanish, French); Foreign Languages; STEM and Special Education.
During the academic year, teachers will be required to share their culture by participating in and planning at least two cross-cultural activities a year. Some popular activities include class pen pals, International Day in the classroom, art projects from your home country, and many more. These are exciting activities created to enhance the impact of the program on the teacher, students, and community.
The benefits of going with CCUSA are endless, but here are just a few highlights.
The following fees are not included in your program fees and set by independent bodies.
As part of the program, you need to plan on additional costs. These expenses can include:
All expenses are dependent on the state and area you will be living and will be given to you when your placement is done.
Tax Deductions from Paycheck: Teachers on the BridgeUSA J-1 visa program are typically subject to the federal, state, and local taxes where they apply. Tax rates vary based on the state and location of your host school, where you are living, and your income. Free Paycheck Calculator: Hourly & Salary – SmartAsset (Average of 10-15% of your gross pay).
*Medicare and Social Security Taxes (FICA) and Federal Unemployment Tax (FUCA): Teachers on the BridgeUSA J-1 visa program are typically subject to FICA and FUCA taxes after the first two tax calendar years in the US. In most cases, these payments will begin January 1 of your second year on the program. Free Paycheck Calculator: Hourly & Salary – SmartAsset (Average of 8% of your gross pay). Please note that you will need to begin paying these taxes right away if you were in the US previously on an F, J, M, or Q visa.
If accepted to the program, you will be required to complete and/or submit the following:
Teacher USA is a BridgeUSA J-1 Visa program and requires a signed DS2019 from CCUSA, as your program sponsor to enter the United States.
To obtain your visa, once accepted to the program and all fees are paid, CCUSA will issue you your DS2019 Form electronically. You will be required to take your DS2019 Form with you and go in person to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country for a Visa Interview.
Once your visa is granted, you will be allowed to enter the United States on the Teacher USA program.