J1 Visa Update

As you are most likely aware we’ve been monitoring the Foreign Worker Executive Order from the Trump presidency which has been focused on reviewing the J-1 culture exchange programs after the ‘Buy American and Hire America’ executive order that was issued in April 2017. Initially, this review was focused on the Summer, Work, Travel (4-month visa), but as of recently also includes other J-1 work programs (Intern, Trainee, Camp Counselor for example).


What we know

We’ve learned that the White House is close to making a decision regarding non-immigrant visa categories and this could potentially result in significant harm to the J-1 work exchange programs.


The sponsor community has been working diligently over the past months to advocate the J-1 culture exchange programs and have a strategy in place to ensure the continuation of this visa. They have been working with employers, business associations and chambers of commerce to rally support behind the J-1 visa.


What can you do?

If you want to put your support behind saving the J-1 visa we would encourage you to leave a testimonial from your experience in the US and how it positively impacted your life. If you would like to contribute you can do so here.


What does this mean for you?

Until a final decision has been made it is still business as normal. The Work USA and Summer Camp USA programs will continue to run as per usual. If you have any concerns about your travel plans please do not hesitate to contact us here.


Work more info on J-1 visas?

We are hosting a Work USA Info Evening on Tuesday, September 19th @ 6 pm in Auckland with special guest April Scarrow, Consular Chief from the United States Consulate.


We will talk about the exclusive graduate visa offered through IEP that allows you to live and work in the USA for 12 months! During the evening you will hear all about the eligibility requirements, costs, how to prepare for your trip and what’s needed, you will also hear first-hand from past participants about their experiences and can ask the Consulate staff any questions that may be on your mind.


You must register to attend as seats are limited. Register here.


If you are interested in working as a camp counsellor in America be sure to come along to a Summer Camp USA Info Evening to learn more. You can see where we will be visiting here.