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J-1 Program Updates

On June 22, 2020, the White House issued a proclamation that suspends many J-1 visa category programs through December 31, 2020, and potentially beyond. This affects J-1 intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair and summer work travel programs.

The Department of State has made exchange programs a central part of its public diplomacy efforts for decades. These programs bring the world's best and brightest to the U.S., where they engage personally with American citizens and communities. J-1 Exchange Visitors help our local economy by allowing U.S. businesses in tourist, vacation and resort communities and summer camps to stay open during high points of the season. They share their personal stories with us. They teach us about their different cultures, allowing mutual understanding between countries to increase. Future business leaders intern and train with American companies, creating new international partnerships and supporting American business abroad.

The U.S. economy and American businesses will sustain substantial losses due to this suspension. Camp counselor, au pair, intern, trainee, and summer work travel exchange visitors combined contribute more than $1.4 billion per year to our nation’s economic growth.

Given this recent information, CCUSA is asking for your help in supporting efforts in the exemption of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Programs from the proclamation.

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