j-1 exchange visitor program is under threat!

This Wall Street Journal article confirms that the Trump Administration is planning to eliminate five valuable J-1 programs: Summer Work Travel, Intern, Trainee, Camp Counselor, and Au Pair.

ohio businesses say J-1 Summer Work Travel Program Has Economic and Social Benefits

The Ohio Travel Association surveyed Ohio businesses last week regarding their experience with the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program, as well as consequences should this program be discontinued as is being discussed by the Trump administration. 

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new study confirms positive diplomatic and economic impact of Summer Work travel

A just-released study from the research firm Eureka Facts shows that the J-1  Summer Work Travel (SWT) programs delivers significant benefits to the U.S. in terms of public diplomacy and economic contributions. 

This extensive assessment found that SWT participants leave the program with higher regard and understanding of the United States while making lasting friendships with Americans they met. The program also helps keep local, seasonal economies strong, meeting the unique needs of small, seasonal businesses. Participants in the SWT program also contributed more than $500 million to the U.S. economy in 2016 via the money they spent in the country. For state-by-state analysis, click here.