At CCI Greenheart, we strive to strengthen the quality and consistency of our program administration. The information on this page will provide you with up-to-date program regulations and rules that govern CCI Greenheart’s Summer Work Travel (SWT) program. Please contact us directly with any questions-we’re happy to assist in any way we can.

Department of State Regulations

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR)

Department of State links:

Prohibited Jobs

*All SWT placements are subject to CCI Greenheart approval. Jobs not listed herein may still be found inappropriate for the SWT program. CCI Greenheart reserves the right to disallow any placement.

In addition to jobs prohibited by the Department of State, CCI Greenheart prohibits participants from working:

  1. In positions in kiosks
  2. In positions with moving companies
  3. With third-party organizations. The participant must be hired, paid, and directly supervised by the same company
  4. With lifeguard companies that have not first completed a CCI Greenheart questionnaire
  5. In positions that involve door-to-door or traveling sales
  6. In positions where manual labor is the primary focus
  7. In positions with tent companies
  8. In laundry-only positions

Effective after the Summer 2014 SWT season, CCI Greenheart will no longer allow Self-Placed placements in the state of North Dakota and no positions for any program option in the areas of Williston, Dickinson, Watford City and New Town, North Dakota.

CCI Greenheart no longer allows placements in Hawaii and Baltimore, Maryland.

Placements in the Gulf Coast areas of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle (Panama City and Destin) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To be considered by CCI Greenheart employers in those areas must provide excellent housing and extensive cultural activities for the SWT participants.

As per stricter Village of Lake Delton housing and zoning regulations, CCI Greenheart will not be able to accept Wisconsin Dells, WI and Lake Delton, WI placements that do not arrange housing.

The Department of State prohibits participants from working:

  1. **In positions with employers that fill non-seasonal or non-temporary job openings with participants with staggered vacation schedules;
  2. In positions that could bring notoriety or disrepute to the Exchange Visitor Program;
  3. In sales positions that require participants to purchase inventory that they must sell in order to support themselves;
  4. In domestic help positions in private homes (e.g., child care, elder care, gardener, chauffeur);
  5. As pedicab or rolling chair drivers or operators;
  6. As operators or drivers of vehicles or vessels for which drivers’ licenses are required regardless of whether they carry passengers or not;
  7. In positions related to clinical care that involves patient contact;
  8. In any position in the adult entertainment industry (including, but not limited to jobs with escort services, adult book/video stores, and strip clubs);
  9. In positions requiring any shift where hours will fall predominantly between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.;
  10. In positions declared hazardous to youth by the Secretary of Labor at Subpart E of 29 CFR part 570;
  11. In positions that require sustained physical contact with other people and/or adherence to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Universal Blood and Body Fluid Precautions guidelines (e.g., body piercing, tattooing, massage, manicure);
  12. In positions that are substantially commission-based and thus do not guarantee that participants will be paid minimum wage in accordance with federal and state standards;
  13. In positions involved in gaming and gambling that include direct participation in wagering and/or betting;
  14. In positions in chemical pest control, warehousing, catalogue/online order distribution centers;
  15. In positions with travelling fairs or itinerant concessionaires;
  16. In positions for which there is another specific J category (e.g., camp counselor, intern, trainee); or
  17. After November 1, 2012, in positions in the North American Industry Classification System’s (NAICS) Goods-Producing Industries occupational categories industry sectors 11, 21, 23, 31–33 numbers (set forth at

**The Department of State provides these definitions:

  • Seasonal: Employment is of a seasonal nature when the required service is tied to a certain time of year by an event or pattern and requires labor levels above and beyond existing worker levels.
  • Temporary: Employment is of a temporary nature when an employer’s need for the duties to be performed is a one-time occurance, a peak-load need, or an intermittent need.

Employer Check-Ins

Employers are required to notify CCI Greenheart when their participants arrive, do not arrive, leave before their DS2019 end date, there are any changes in the job conditions and about any emergency situation. Employers may report this information to CCI Greenheart through their online account.

  1. Log in to your CCI Online Account at
  2. Be sure the current season is selected in the upper right side
  3. On your Home page, left side under Participants, click Hired. This will show all participants associated with your company for this season
  4. Above the search options box, click the link Click here to report participant arrivals or report an issue with a participant.
  5. You can increase the page size up to 50, if needed
  6. For each participant who has arrived to you, enter the date and then click Save All Changes Above.
  7. This is also where you can notify CCI Greenheart if a participant has not arrived or report any issue or change to their job.
  8. If you have any questions, please contact your CCI Greenheart contact, indicated in the upper right corner of your account.

Participant Check-Ins

Participants must contact CCI Greenheart immediately upon their arrival to the U.S. This Arrival check-in must be no later than 3 days after the arrival date. In addition, participants are required to validate their programs upon arrival to their CCI Greenheart approved employer, and no later than 7 days after the program start date.Participants must also check-in with CCI Greenheart every 30 days or by the deadlines listed in their CCI Online accounts. Failure to complete any of these communications may result in a negative SEVIS status, requiring the participant to return home immediately.

Department of State Confirmation Calls

In recent seasons, the Department of State has begun calling most employers to confirm participants and job details. We ask that you follow these steps should you receive a call from the DOS:

  1. Identify the caller. Only release information to the Department of State. (Participant information is private, so do not release their personal information to research or interest groups without their consent.)
    Ask the caller to send you an email describing the information they are requesting. This email should come from a email address (not Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc).
  2. Reply to the State Department email. Usually they are verifying the number of participants hired and their names and job information. Please follow up with them, as employers who did not respond to these calls in the past received participant visa denials. In other words, if they do not hear back from you they think you did not really offer the jobs!
  3. Let your CCI Greenheart Contact know if you have any questions regarding this job confirmation. If you don’t know who your CCI Greenheart Contact is, call us at our toll-free U.S. number: 1-866-684-9675 or email us at employer(AT)ccigreenheart(DOT)org.