Signature World Services
The purpose of this program
is to provide a cultural learning experience to each student while experiencing
working and living in the
Signature World Services agrees to follow all rules and regulations related to the two year home country physical presence requirements. Participants are also required to meet these requirements.
The majority of
participants will depart from
During your commitment your contract will specify who will be responsible for providing you with room and board. Based on your place of employment they may or may not provide you with room or board. In either instance you will be provide guidance to help you secure a place to live during your stay. Accommodations will vary based on where you are placed. You may be in a dormitory style living arrangement, a trailer home, or an apartment. It is your responsibility to keep your living quarters neat and clean at all times. In some instances your living quarters are located on property; usually you will live off premise. You will need to provide your own transportation to get to and from work. Your weekly salary will be sufficient to cover housing expenses.
All fees must be paid prior to arrival. Application fee of $100.00 is due upon submitting your application. The first payment of $100.00 for all other fees is due upon acceptance of your application. Your second payment includes your remaining deposit, medical insurance premium, and optional baggage insurance. This will then secure your commitment to the program. Fees can be paid by postal order, eurocheque or credit cards. There is a prorated cancellation fee of 50% of any and all deposits, should you need to cancel.
The others costs that you may incur are your own personnel needs. Room and board may or may not be provided to you by the employer during your commitment. In some cases the employer may supply you with housing as part of your compensation or for a fee. Any post travel and travel back to your departure airport is your responsibility. If you require medical attention you are responsible for the first US $50.00 deductible. Please remember to get a receipt as proof for reimbursement. Any entertainment or activities you plan to take part in during your free time, is at your own expense
You are provided with health insurance. It is mandatory for all participants to have insurance coverage. Coverage is in effect upon departure from your country. Termination of coverage occurs when one of the following happens: termination of your participation in the program, return to your place of residency or upon expiration of your term. If you are injured while working you are covered under workers compensation. You will be sent proof of insurance in your flight mailer to show proof of coverage during your travel. Your manager will review with you your coverage and procedures in person upon your arrival to insure you understand it completely.
You will need to start your process for your passport and visa once you have received your placement letter, other relevant information, and the DS 2019 form. Please follow the instructions carefully. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our corporate office at 1-214-353-2662. These forms are very important, as they are your application papers for the J-1 visa. Remember you cannot participate in our program without a valid passport and J-1 visa. Please complete and send in your papers to your local authority as soon as possible. Processing may take several weeks for your visa to be approved. Make sure you have applied for your passport if you do not already have one.
You will be given a dress
code as to what to wear to work. You will need comfortable shoes. Remember that employers in the
Upon arrival at your place of employment you will be given an orientation into the company. They will go over the rules and regulations that you will need to abide by. On a typical day you will report to work on time and be given direction from your immediate supervisor on what your duties will be for a given day or longer if applicable. A work schedule will be given to you by your supervisor. Make sure you always have contact information from the company you are employed should you need to contact them for any reason. You should also keep Signature World Services Corporation contact information with you at all times. Make sure you fully understand the policies and procedures of the company and abide by them.
The best thing to
remember is never to travel by yourself, always and have a buddy with you. Hitchhiking is illegal in the
The employer will go over your health care, emergency assistance and insurance coverage with you once you arrive. Throughout your stay you can contact the Signature World Services corporate office at 1-800-929-5519 if you should have any questions. Health care and emergency assistance is available 24 hours a day. You’re on site supervisor help assist you while you are at work and direct you with any necessary arrangements. You are given a health card to show proof of insurance coverage. You are only responsible for the deductible and the insurance will cover the rest unless it is a pre-existing condition. An emergency phone number of 911 can be used to contact police if you are away from work or traveling and need emergency assistance.
You will be participating
in a training program with Signature World Services and or another authorized
company that will give you hands on experience working, living and socializing
with a wide variety of other professional workers. You could be working with other college
students from the
Drinking and or possession
of alcohol of any kind are strictly forbidden at your place of employment. If you do have a drink while off work you
must be at least 21 years of age and in total control of yourself. The
The address of Signature
World Services (a division of Signature Services Corporation) is:
Or you may use our P.O.
Please use our P.O. Box whenever possible for sending mail.
Signature World Services phone number is available 24 hours a day. If calling after business hours please have a pen and paper handy and listen for the instructions.
The name and telephone number of responsible
1-800-929-5519 ext. 2041
1-214-914-9620 cell phone
Other important contacts:
Nancy Crouch (District Food Service Director)
1-800-929-5519 ext. 2043
1-214-762-7633 cell phone
1-800-929-5519 ext. 2049
1-214-725-1152 cell phone
Delores De Lara (Office
1-800-929-5519 ext. 2100
Gene Yeats (Controller)
Home country consulates within the
British Information Services
United States Department of State Exchange Visitor Program