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.
Department of State Documents
SWT Program RegulationS:
Recent rulemaking documents:
- Summer Work Travel Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (January 12, 2017)
- Proposed Form DS-7007 – Summer Work Travel (January 12, 2017)
- Summer Work Travel Program Interim Final Rule (May 11, 2012)
- Cap on Current Participant Levels for Summer Work Travel Program (November 7, 2011)
- Summer Work Travel Program Interim Final Rule (April 26, 2011)
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.
Legislation & Congressional Letters
- House Resolution 529 in Support of J-1 Visa Program
- Associations Letter to Sec. Tillerson in Support of SWT (2017)
- Associations Letter to Sec. Ross in Support of SWT (2017)
- Sen. Tester (MT) Letter in support of SWT (2017)
- California Businesses Letter to Sen. Feinstein (2017)
- Maine Businesses Letter to Sen. Collins (2017)
- Wisconsin Businesses Letter to Sen. Johnson (2017)
- Governor Mead (WY) Letter in support of SWT (2017)
- Governor LePage (ME) Letter in support of SWT (2017)
- Governor Hogan (MD) Letter in support of SWT (2017)
- Sens. Ron Johnson (WI) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH) sign-on letter (17 signatories) supporting Summer Work Travel (2017)
- Reps. Frank LoBiondo (NJ) and Bill Keating (MA) sign-on letter (33 signatories) supporting Summer Work Travel (2017)
- Rep. Scott Taylor (VA) letter supporting Summer Work Travel (2017)
- Letter from 163 former U.S. Ambassadors supporting international exchange programs (2017)
- Senate Resolution Recognizing International Exchange Programs (2017)
- Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961
- Summer Work Travel Statutory Authority (Public Law 105-277)
- Sen. J. William Fulbright (AR) letter supporting Summer Work Travel program
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.