Do you wish to become a volunteer in the United States?
You will qualify for a B-1 visa or travel under the Visa Waiver Program to undertake voluntary work in the United States if you are able to show that:
- You will participate in a voluntary service program that benefits a U.S. local community, and that you are a member of, and have a commitment to, a particular recognized religious or nonprofit charitable organization;
- The work you are to perform is traditionally done by volunteer charity workers;
- You will not receive a salary or any remuneration from a U.S. source, other than an allowance or other reimbursement for expenses incidental to your stay; and
- You will not engage in the selling of articles and/or the solicitation and acceptance of donations.
A voluntary service program is an organized project conducted by a recognized religious or nonprofit charitable organization to provide assistance to the poor or the needy, or to further a religious or charitable cause.
If you meet the criteria for the B-1 visa you may either apply for a visa, or if qualified, may travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program.
When applying for entry into the United States as a voluntary worker with a visa or under the VWP, you should furnish a letter from your U.S. sponsor which contains the following information:
- Your name and date and place of birth;
- Your foreign permanent residence address;
- The name and address of initial destination in the U.S.; and
- The anticipated duration of your assignment.