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Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers: Why America Celebrates Memorial Day

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Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers: Why America Celebrates Memorial Day

Americans will observe Memorial Day this year on May 29, often using the time to gather with family and welcome the summer months. However, it’s best to not lose sight of the meaning behind this federal holiday. Originally called Decoration Day, based on the centuries-old tradition of adorning the graves of fallen soldiers with flags, […]

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This U.S. Tradition Allows Employees to Bring Their Children Into Work for a Day

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This U.S. Tradition Allows Employees to Bring Their Children Into Work for a Day

“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is an annual U.S. tradition celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April. Millions of families and organizations participate in the effort to reinforce the value of an education, interact in a workplace environment, and ultimately expand opportunities. According to Carolyn McKecuen, Executive Director of the Take Our […]

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Meet the Outstanding Immigrants Honored at the Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards

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Meet the Outstanding Immigrants Honored at the Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards

On Thursday, April 6, the American Immigration Council hosted the annual Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards. As part of the Council’s mission to “strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration,” three extraordinary immigrants were honored for their enormous impact on their communities. The […]

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Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

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Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

Since 1991, Americans have marked each March as Irish-American Heritage Month. This month gives Irish-Americans an opportunity both to celebrate the contributions they have made to the United States, and to reflect on the struggles faced by generations of Irish immigrants who made the long journey from Ireland to the new shores of the United […]

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From Thailand to the City That Never Sleeps

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From Thailand to the City That Never Sleeps

Noat Somprakit came to the United States from Thailand as an Exchange Visitor to complete a Business Management traineeship in New York, New York in the summer of 2016. Since then, Noat has been immersed in American culture and shared his own rich culture with colleagues and friends. He has become a part of the […]

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Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

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Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

Americans will celebrate Presidents’ Day on February 20. The day will bring sales at retail stores, war re-enactments, and a variety of other ceremonies.  However, it is an important time to reflect back on the initial intent of this long-standing federal holiday. Presidents Day was originally celebrated on February 22, the birthday of America’s first […]

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For Tax Purposes, Are Exchange Visitors Nonresident Aliens or Resident Aliens?

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For Tax Purposes, Are Exchange Visitors Nonresident Aliens or Resident Aliens?

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Internal Revenue Code provides two separate tax structures—one for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and one for nonresidents. To prepare for tax season, exchange visitors must know which category they file under. Exchange visitors are considered nonresident aliens because the maximum duration of a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is one […]

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How the United States of America Inaugurates its Presidents

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How the United States of America Inaugurates its Presidents

The 45th President of the United States will be installed Friday, January 20, 2017 during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.  The ceremonies and activities associated with the inauguration of a new president are a celebration of our democracy and an important part of the peaceful transition of power. The start of a president’s term in office […]

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Five Tips to Submit a Strong Trainee/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)

Five Tips to Submit a Strong Trainee/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)

Evaluating the merits of an application for J-1 intern or trainee program sponsorship is like putting puzzle together. Some puzzles have few pieces; others are more complex. Just as larger puzzles take more time to complete, the complexity of a sponsorship application may account for longer processing time. The best way to simplify the path […]

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How the Change in Administration Will Impact the Exchange Visitor Program

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How the Change in Administration Will Impact the Exchange Visitor Program

Exchange visitors already in the U.S., as well as those arriving in the New Year, may be wondering what the election results and upcoming change in administration means to them. Immigration was a prominent topic during the presidential campaign, and President-elect Donald Trump said some pretty harsh things. He also made campaign promises aimed at […]

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