Teach in America and bring the world closer together!
Costs & details for immediate relocation to the United States as a teacher.
USA Employment has placed nearly 150 teachers within the last three years.
We are ready to place hundreds more in the future.
USA Employment is facilitating a process for experienced teachers from all countries
who possess excellent English communication skills, to fill, full-time positions
in American schools. The only way to ensure success is to commit yourself to the
process once you accept your formal invitation into the program.
Below are the costs involved in this process, as well as the process for becoming
a United States teacher. All costs are in United States dollars. Please remember
that American schools pay no costs or expenses associated with the immigration,
relocation or state certification of foreign teachers. All costs and expenses are
borne by the candidate. USA Employment works diligently to minimize all costs and
even defers its agency fee until the candidate is employed.
Getting Started - Applying to USA Employment
USA Employment and its partners worldwide will invest time in determining which
candidates are qualified for acceptance into its program. USA Employment only accepts
candidates who have:
Program Registration Fees Upon Acceptance
Upon being accepted into USA Employment’s teacher recruitment program, the
candidate will incur the following costs:
Credentialing A United States credentialing service will evaluate
your college transcripts to ensure that you are classified as a certified teacher.
This must be completed before you begin interviewing. USA Employment will inform
you of how to complete this process.
Resume preparation USA Employment will overhaul your resume to ensure
it meets the strict hiring guidelines for United States schools.
Consultation & marketing USA Employment will invest its time,
money, and resources marketing you to thousands of schools across the U.S. on an
ongoing basis until you are hired. USA Employment will also post your video resume
on its website, which will maximize your exposure to the hiring principals and administrators
at schools. Candidates will also receive unlimited consultation, interviewing tips
and guidance. We also provide unlimited access to many valuable resources available
only to USA Employment candidates worldwide.
Conducting Interviews From Your Home
USA Employment will be coordinating live phone/web-cam/videoconference interviews
for qualified candidates. Costs are minimal when considering you could be hired
without ever having to leave your homeland.
Phone interview When USA Employment hosts telephone interviews from
its United States office with school administrators, you could be asked to interview
for a job. After learning about the opportunity (location, salary, etc.) you will
determine if you would like to interview for the vacancy.
Web-cam (will accompany some phone interviews) – Many United
States hiring administrators also like to have a visual picture of the teacher when
they are talking to them on the phone. A web-cam enables this to happen. If you
do not have access to a computer with a web-cam, you would simply go to the nearest
Internet café and utilize their web-cam. USA Employment will guide you through
this process. The candidate is responsible for any costs incurred related to usage
of a web-cam.
Videoconference interviews When USA Employment hosts live videoconference
interviews from its United States office with school administrators, you could be
asked to interview for a job. After learning about the opportunity (location, salary,
etc.) you will determine if you would like to interview for the vacancy.
Live interviews in your homeland
Local interviews If/when USA Employment brings American school administrators
to your country, you could be asked to interview for a job. After learning about
the opportunity (location, salary, etc.) you will determine if you would like to
interview for the vacancy.
Costs Incurred Upon Being Hired
The following costs apply only after the candidate has received a guaranteed
employment contract from an American school and is assured of earning the full time
Airfare to USA (varies) – Candidate is responsible for his/her
own airfare to United States after being selected and hired by a school/district.
Administrative fees – USA Employment offers comprehensive assistance
to all teachers for paperwork that will be processed upon hiring.
J-1 visa fees - Visa Fee to obtain a J-1 visa at the U. S. Consulate
must be paid according to the consulate's instructions. A separate visa application
should be submitted for each family member with the appropriate fee at the U. S.
Agency fee The agency fee will be paid to USA Employment for its services
in providing you with a job in the United States.
USA Employment offers comprehensive relocation assistance to all teachers for a
fee to cover expenses. The intent is to ensure that all teachers are settled quickly
and comfortably in their new environments.
The teacher should plan to bring five thousand dollars upon arrival into the United
States to cover the many initial costs associated with relocation. USA Employment’s
relocation specialists will research all options for housing and transportation,
which vary from city to city. When applicable, USA Employment will involve local
residents (ideally from the same ethnicity as the teacher) as well as representatives
from the host school to assist in relocation and acclimation issues. This provides
the teacher with an initial contact person of similar background and heritage. Most
American cities have thriving international communities.
Spouses will be responsible for finding their own employment. USA Employment will
provide some free guidance on this matter, but since we focus on helping teachers,
we cannot also focus our resources on all forms of employment for spouses.
USA Employment will guide the teacher on all necessary steps for certification as
well as meeting any other challenges and requests made by the school system where
they are employed. USA Employment also offers around-the-clock relocation advice,
assistance and guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is USA Employment?
Based in Houston, Texas, and with offices in Delhi, India and around the world,
USA Employment assists American schools and school districts with their teacher
recruitment efforts. We find the best teachers available and allow the schools to
choose which teachers they want for their schools. The participating schools generally
do not have a budget allocation to pay for this kind of service, so USA Employment
recovers its costs when the teacher pays an agency fee after they have received
a job offer and cultural exchange visa.
Our teachers can help build bridges between cultures as well as help students examine
their own preconceived notions. In a time where there is so much misunderstanding
and division, our teachers can help their students appreciate the value of diversity
and be more comfortable with difference. Once our teachers return to their home
country, they educate their colleagues and students about US cultures and customs.
How much money will I make?
Your salary will be commensurate with your experience and area of specialty, and
will be in line with the salaries offered to other teachers in a given school district
or city. Teachers in "high-need areas" ( high-need varies but is often
defined to include some or all of the following subjects: special education, Spanish
bilingual, foreign language, math and science, and possibly others); teachers with
many years of experience; and teachers with post-graduate degrees (master’s
degrees and doctorates) can expect to receive higher starting compensation. It will
be primarily the teachers’ responsibility to ensure that credit is given for
their years of experience overseas once they arrive in America, but USA Employment
will provide some guidance and support. Salaries will vary in different parts of
the country, given the differences in cost of living and other factors.
How many interviews and job offers can I expect?
The success of USA Employment’s international teacher program has sparked
interest from schools throughout the United States. School recruiters will be traveling
all over the world throughout the year to conduct live interviews with teachers
and make job offers. Some candidates receive job offers after only one or two interviews.
Other candidates conduct 5 or more interviews before being hired. USA Employment
will go to great lengths to ensure that you have maximum exposure to American schools
and every opportunity to interview for the job of your dreams!
What is my investment for this opportunity?
Very little financial investment is necessary for the chance to earn more money
than you ever could as a teacher in your home country . Your local counselor will
explain all costs in greater detail, but you will be responsible for all costs associated
with interviewing for the job (interviewing in your home country with an American
school recruiter); obtaining your visa; and relocating to America upon receiving
your job offer. USA Employment defers its nominal agency fee until the job offer.
For which American schools is USA Employment recruiting teachers?
USA Employment works with many schools of different shapes and sizes.
It is difficult to predict which school(s) will offer you a job, because it is based
on so many factors. USA Employment ensures that all participating schools offer
competitive salaries, a strong support structure and the opportunity for you to
grow personally and professionally.
How soon after being hired, will I be asked to relocate to America
and begin teaching?
This will vary, depending upon when you are hired and when the school district requires
your presence. You may be asked to relocate immediately if you land a job during
the school year, which is August to May. Often schools like to take teachers either
at the beginning of the school year (August) or at the conclusion of Winter Break
(early January). The expected relocation time will be made known to you prior to
or during the interview, and it will be a minimum of 14 days.
Will I be teaching at a public school or private school?
The words "public" and "private" mean different things in different
countries. In America, "public schools" are those funded by the government
and tax-payers. They are free for children to attend, and the vast majority of students
attend public schools. "Private schools" are those schools where tuition
is paid by the parents of the attending student. Most job opportunities will be
with public schools, but this detail will be made known to you before the interview.
My English communication skills are poor. Do I have any hope?
Effectively communicating with principals, administrators, students, parents, other
faculty and the community will be very important to your success. Very few schools
will risk hiring someone with whom they do not feel comfortable communicating. We
strongly recommend that the teacher enrolls in English courses in their home country
to improve their accent and fluency.
Are there any age restrictions for your program?
USA Employment will accept the application of anyone interested in coming to America.
However, the person (regardless of age) must prove to be well-qualified. They must
have graduated from a university and had three years teaching experience.
Do teacher salaries vary by grade level or subject area?
No. In the vast majority of schools, the teacher’s salary is determined by
years of experience. Some districts may offer annual "stipends" for such
things as post-graduate degrees (master’s or doctorate) or certifications
in certain high-need subject areas.
Can I also teach part-time at a local college or university?
On the J-1 visa the teacher is not allowed to work for supplemental income. For
more information, please consult the USCIS (formerly the INS) website.
How can I make extra money while on the J-1 visa ?
Many schools offer ample opportunities for employees to earn extra income to supplement
their teacher salary, including but not limited to: club sponsorship stipends; coaching
stipends; study hall and discipline supervisor; summer school teaching; and other
opportunities. Candidates will be informed of these varying opportunities once you
are teaching in the school.
How quickly will I get certified in the United States?
That is mostly up to you! Your dedication, aptitude and commitment will often determine
the speed with which you obtain full certification in America. USA Employment and
your school administrators will guide you completely on all tasks necessary to obtain
certification. In most cases, you will be required to pass one or more state-mandated
tests, for which ample study tools and tutoring sessions are available. USA Employment
and your nearest international office affiliate will guide you on all certification-related
documents needed to be collected by you before you depart your home country for
America, for the purpose of submitting to the necessary state board of education’s
certification department to obtain full state certification.
Will my school-aged children receive free education in America?
YES! All children between the grades of kindergarten through high school (12th grade)
will receive the same quality of education offered to American children. Your children
will be enrolled into the school system according to your residence location. USA
Employment will guide you on getting your children enrolled into the school system
immediately upon their arrival to the United States. In regards to college enrollment,
the high school counselors will guide your college-aged children on how to enroll,
receive financial aid, etc.
Can I speak with a teacher from USA Employments program who is already working
Certainly! We have many teachers available by phone or email that would be glad
to speak with you and share their experiences. Who knows … maybe you will
make a new friend who can become your mentor when you get hired and relocated to
America! Please contact your local office for information.
How can I best prepare for the upcoming interviews with schools?
USA Employment and your nearest international affiliate office has many resources
for you to utilize as you prepare – including books, materials, Web sites,
suggestions and other invaluable resources that have helped get many other teachers
hired. The choice of whether or not to take advantage of these materials is yours.
Will I have a mentor to guide me when I join my new school in America?
Hopefully you will have more than just a mentor – USA Employment and your
employer will work hard to surround you with the necessary infrastructure to succeed.
All school districts have extensive training, orientation and mentor programs that
will help acclimate you into the system. Furthermore, you will have access to many
USA Employment teachers already working in America, who can give you tips, suggestions
and invaluable advice! Finally, you have USA Employment, which is available for
you to answer your questions and field your comments. It is our hope that someday
you will become a mentor to another teacher who is coming to America for the first
time, and that you can extend the same welcome to them as was extended to you when
you initially arrived!
I have relatives or friends living in America who wish to help me pay my
initial registration and/or other fees associated with this program. Can that be
Certainly! Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the details of your situation and payment can be made to our headquarters in
Houston from anywhere in America – or around the world!
How much does it cost to live in the USA?
Cost of living is different in every city and state, and it is based on many factors.
Many Web sites are also available to discuss and compare different costs of living
for different cities, states and regions throughout America. As part of its relocation
assistance, USA Employment can assist you and your family in preparing a budget,
based on cost of living, your salary and your personal financial needs. USA Employment
will also provide lots of tips, suggestions and best practices for living cost-efficiently
If I live far away from one of your international affiliate offices, will I be able
to conduct interviews from nearby to my hometown?
Certainly. Many teachers conduct interviews from the comfort of their own home.
Some teachers have purchased a PC Web-cam that allows hiring administrators and
principals to see them live anywhere in the world while they are speaking on the
phone. USA Employment will work hard to minimize your expenses during the interview
process, making it as mutually convenient as possible for both the candidates and
I have friends or relatives living in America, or another country, who wish
to take advantage of this program. How can they start the process?
Simply apply online at our website www.usaemployment.org
and a representative will be in contact with them. Much of the information regarding
our program is available online.
Do you hire people for other industries?
No. We only hire teachers from Kindergarten through 12 th Grade.
Once hired, do I have the option of bringing my dependents?
Yes, you can bring some, none or all of your dependents, including a spouse and
any number of your unmarried children under age 21. They will come on a J-2 visa.
The spouse may travel to the US after 180 days of arrival of the teacher and can
accept employment only with the authorization of the INS (Immigration & Naturalization
What benefits packages are offered to teachers?
Benefits packages vary by school district, but most include some, most or all of
the following: Medical, vision and dental insurance for the employee (family is
extra); paid vacation days; teacher retirement savings program; various signing
bonuses or stipends; and other benefits that will be made known to the candidate
at the time of the job offer or earlier. J-1 teachers have special requirements
in terms of medical insurance, USAE will inform the teachers of these matters.
What happens if I lose my job in America?
USA Employment will work hard to make sure you have long-lasting employment in America,
but USA Employment obviously cannot guarantee this. If termination of employment
is due to your actions, behavior or performance, USA Employment will work hard to
remediate you and get you back on the path of success. If your loss of employment
is due to circumstances beyond your control, USA Employment will do everything possible
to find you new employment (though this may require your flexibility in relocating
geographically). USA Employment does not anticipate this problem for many, if any,
of its excellent teachers working hard in America.
What guarantee do I have that I will be hired?
USA Employment cannot guarantee that you will receive a job. Our track record of
performance and excellence speaks for itself, and we have structured our organization
in such a way that it will inevitably fail if we do not successfully place our teachers
in America. Preparing for, and performing well during the interviews, is the responsibility
of the candidate – though USA Employment will furnish ample preparation materials.
USA Employment will only accept those candidates into its program who meet the strict
requirements and display the professionalism, personality and dynamic qualities
desired by American schools today.
Can I request a specific city, state or region for placement?
USA Employment welcomes these requests and will do everything possible to grant
those requests. However, the Company strongly suggests that candidates accept the
first attractive offer that is made to them. USA Employment cannot predict which
schools will need any given teachers at any given time, so by making specific requests
and not interviewing or applying with other districts, could significantly reduce
a candidate’s opportunity for timely and efficient hiring and relocation to
Will I be able to visit my home country while on J-1 visa ?
Yes! You will have the freedom to visit your home country during any of the holiday
or summer breaks. Any travel costs will be the expense of the teacher. USA Employment
asks that all teachers contact USA Employment to inform them of any out-of-country
travel to make sure there are no expected problems or difficulties returning, given
the ever-changing visa laws and regulations.
Will I be able to attend college classes or pursue other academic coursework while
Yes, you will have every opportunity to participate in any coursework offered by
a local college or university, or any other you wish to explore. Often schools encourage
their teachers to take workshops, classes or attend conferences to learn more about
their students. USA Employment recommends that all teachers spend at least their
first full year focusing on the task of performing well in the classroom and becoming
an effective American teacher , before pursuing other time-intensive academic challenges.
Will I have opportunities to grow professionally?
Yes! In fact, you will likely be required to complete a certain amount of "professional
development" hours or courses. Tremendous funds are put toward training teachers
and equipping you with new materials, skills, practices and tools to make you more
How do we get started?
Contact your local agent or USA Employment immediately via email at
email@example.com to begin.