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Graduation Traditions in the U.S.

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Graduation Traditions in the U.S.

May and June bring a flurry of graduation celebrations across America. Both high school and college seniors mark the end of their studies at commencement ceremonies. Spring commencement is a time to celebrate with family and friends who travel to their graduates’ university to attend a formal ceremony and watch their son, daughter, brother, sister, […]

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What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

Filed in Perspectives by on May 6, 2016 0 Comments
What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

Mother’s Day is a special day each year where we can honor and celebrate our mothers, as well as other influential mother-like figures in our lives, for the strong and wonderful people that they are. In the United States, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It is a day to recognize and […]

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Vibrant America: An Experience to Cherish

Filed in Exchange Visitor Highlight by on March 4, 2016 0 Comments
Vibrant America: An Experience to Cherish

By Vinayak Gupta, J-1 Trainee from India I set off for an 11-month J-1 training at American Express in Arizona with the primary intent of enhancing my business knowledge and growing my leadership skills. However, I have come to discover various other opportunities that will be useful to me when I return to my native-India. […]

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What J-1 Visa Holders Need to Know About Filing Taxes

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on February 22, 2016 0 Comments
What J-1 Visa Holders Need to Know About Filing Taxes

It is tax season in the U.S.! By January 31, 2016 anyone who received income from a U.S. source should have received a W-2 form for income from their employer or 1099 forms from investments such as bank accounts or stock funds. These documents are used to fill out both Federal and State income tax […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to Our Exchange Visitor Family

Filed in Perspectives by on November 25, 2015 0 Comments
Happy Thanksgiving to Our Exchange Visitor Family

Family, football, and food! During the fall season, the Thanksgiving holiday is a special time when families in the U.S. reunite and give thanks, reflecting upon the end of another year. Whether it is a roasted, rosemary turkey or your mother’s famous cranberry stuffing, a traditional meal bringing loved ones together is an occasion everyone […]

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Honoring Veterans in the U.S.

Filed in Perspectives by on November 11, 2015 1 Comment
Honoring Veterans in the U.S.

Veterans Day, November 11 commemorates the sacrifices and contributions of military servicemen and women, both living and deceased, who served the country during war or peacetime. From the Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. to Veterans Day parades happening across the country, it is a moment when many Americans give recognition and gratitude to those […]

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Election Day 2015: What You Need to Know

Filed in Perspectives by on November 3, 2015 0 Comments
Election Day 2015: What You Need to Know

Election Day 2015 is here! While the United States presidential election isn’t until next year, today’s elections for state and local governments are just as important. States are granted authority to create and enforce laws under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These laws can include key issues, ranging from education, conservation, and immigration. […]

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Riding “The Wave” as a Tech Engineer Intern in San Francisco

Filed in Exchange Visitor Highlight by on October 30, 2015 0 Comments
Riding “The Wave” as a Tech Engineer Intern in San Francisco

 By Sander Vocke, J-1 Intern at Mindtribe If you’re a techie, you probably have a few preconceptions about life as an engineer in the San Francisco Bay area. I also did when I began a three-month J-1 internship at Mindtribe, a product development company in the heart of San Francisco. Now the time to return to […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Ramachandran Nallusamy

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Getting to Know a J-1: Ramachandran Nallusamy

 Name: Ramachandran Nallusamy Training Location: Suwanee, Georgia Originally From: India What have you found most surprising about America? 99 percent of the people are following traffic rules. What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit? Punctuality What one thing would you like to take from America and bring back home? The people are enjoying life […]

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Maintaining Contact with Your J Program Sponsor

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Maintaining Contact with Your J Program Sponsor

First and foremost, we are here to help you. During your stay in the U.S., if you face any issues, especially regarding your housing, health insurance, or work place, then please contact your Case Manager as soon as possible. Your Case Manager is the person who interviewed you and signed your DS-2019. Your Case Manager […]

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