As a visitor to the United States you are subject to all local, state and federal laws.

Please keep this in mind and make sound decisions throughout your program.

"If you like it, lock it!"



  • Secure valuables in a lock box, or safe (passport, social security card, $, and other items).
  • Use a bike lock whenever possible.
  • Don’t leave personal identifying information (passport, social security card, etc.) unattended.
  • Don’t allow other people to cash your checks or use your bank account.
  • Write down serial numbers of valuable items. This helps police identify owners, if items are recovered.
  • Put personal identifying marks on items.


  • Become familiar with the area and street names.
  • Carry a photo ID card and make copies of your passport and social security card and carry the copies.
  • Wisconsin ID card is recommended as your photo ID card so you can keep your passport and social security card in a safe place.
  • Carry your sponsor card with insurance info at all times.
  • Don’t walk alone.
  • Don’t wear dark clothes at night.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • To ensure safety, do not make changes to your program or location without prior approval from your sponsor.


  • Obey Wisconsin’s alcohol drinking age of 21. Drinking or purchasing alcohol for anyone under 21 is prohibited. You must be 21 to enter bars, nightclubs or purchase alcohol. Photo ID is required.
  • Keep noise and music to a minimum after 9 pm; excessive noise is prohibited.
  • No open intoxicants in public or in vehicles, even if you are a passenger.
  • Nudity in public areas is prohibited.
  • Be aware that harassment and assault laws are very strict in the U.S.
  • Disorderly conduct is prohibited. Disorderly conduct is acting in a manner that disturbs the peace of others or refusing to obey the lawful order of a police officer.
  • Urinating in public is considered disorderly conduct and is against the law.


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  • For identification purposes, carry a photo ID with you at all times.
  • Never give your Passport, social security card or documents to anyone (landlord, employer) to keep.
  • It is illegal for anyone to take your Passport, social security card or documents from you for any reason.
  • Make a copy of your Passport, social security card and all your documents and keep the copies in a safe place. You should also have a second set at home with someone you trust, such as your parents.

In case of an EMERGENCY: Dial 911 (from any phone). Know where you are and what the problem is. Speak clearly (in English).


When contacted by Law Enforcement (Police):

  • Have photo identification ready (even if it’s from your home country).

  • Have current contact info:  work, landlord, email, cell phone, sponsor info.

  • If you are arrested you are REQUIRED to contact your sponsor.