9. Will WWOOF help me get a visa or work permit? WWOOF-USA® cannot help to obtain a visa. You are responsible for your travel and/or student visa. The United States Embassy grants temporary visas to those individuals who want to enter the United States. Applying for a visa should be done as soon as possible as it can take several months depending on the embassy in your country. It may benefit you to first secure your visitor visa, and then join WWOOF-USA. Please keep in mind that WWOOF is NOT paid work or volunteering. WWOOF members are guests of hosts. Most WWOOFers enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) through the online ESTA system or on B-2 visitors visa. NEITHER OF THESE PROGRAMS ALLOW PERSONS HOLDING FOREIGN PASSPORTS TO WORK, VOLUNTEER OR EXCHANGE TIME OR LABOR FOR ANYTHING. The United States has extremely strict labor and immigration laws that prohibit foreign nationals from "working" or "volunteering" in the country without a valid work authorization and visa. Members from outside the United States utilizing the WWOOF-USA network are encouraged to avoid misunderstandings with immigration officials by explaining that you will be visiting a variety of places in the USA to learn more about the United States and its various sustainability movements. Foreign WWOOFers who have wrongly explained that they will be "volunteering" or "working on farms" have been denied visas, been denied entry and deported from the United States. If you are travelling from another country, please be aware of this important distinction: you are a VISITOR, not a WORKER or VOLUNTEER.