The U.S. authorities in Washington are planning a substantial cut in the area of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. The discussed J-1 visa changes are set out below.
According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. President Trump is considering the need to regulate or even abolish some of the popular cultural exchange programs as part of the "Buy America and Hire American" Executive Order. The J-1 programs "Summer Work Travel", "Camp Counselor", "Intern", "Trainee" and "Au Pair" are likely to be affected.
The Federal Government in Washington is particularly concerned with these programs because of their size, since they strongly influence the U.S. labor market and repeatedly lead to illegal so-called overstays.
There is no tangible plan and deadline for the J-1 visa change yet, but the issue already creates big waves, especially with U.S. visa sponsors. Some visa sponsors have already called for the project to be protested and have asked government representatives to oppose abolition.
As always, we will update you on further developments.
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