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The Heroics and History Behind March Madness

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The Heroics and History Behind March Madness

“With war nerves tense, the final defense Is the courage, strength and will In a million lives where freedom thrives And liberty lingers still. Now eagles fly and heroes die Beneath some foreign arch Let their sons tread where hate is dead In a happy Madness of March.” -Basketball Ides of March (H.V. Porter, coach) […]

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Understanding the IMG Group Insurance Policy as an Exchange Visitor

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Understanding the IMG Group Insurance Policy as an Exchange Visitor

All J Visa holders are required to have sickness and accident insurance during their time in the U.S. American Immigration Council exchange participants can enroll in a policy negotiated with the International Medical Group (IMG). It is not mandatory that our participants enroll in this insurance policy through IMG. However, many do because it is […]

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11 Health Insurance Terms J-1’s Should Know

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on March 11, 2015 0 Comments
11 Health Insurance Terms J-1’s Should Know

The American Immigration Council’s J-1 program receives more questions about healthcare insurance than any other subject. We understand that insurance is a tricky topic, and it can be just as hard for U.S. residents to understand as it is for international visitors. Before discussing the details of healthcare insurance in the U.S., it is best […]

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What J-1 Participants Need to Know This Tax Season (Part II)

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What J-1 Participants Need to Know This Tax Season (Part II)

1. Why do I need to file taxes in the U.S.? As J-1 trainee or intern, you are required to pay U.S. income taxes in 2015 on all income that you received from your host company from January through December 2014. If you are on the payroll of the U.S. host company, the compensation (pay) […]

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Reflecting on Living in Chicago as a European

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Reflecting on Living in Chicago as a European

Claire P. is a J-1 Trainee at Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. Having an international background, I never thought integration would be an issue for me. I was born in Cape Town to Belgian parents, lived all over Europe except Belgium, and spoke perfectly fluent English. I expected my time in Chicago […]

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Paying U.S. Income Taxes as a J Visa Holder: The Two W’s (Part I)

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Paying U.S. Income Taxes as a J Visa Holder: The Two W’s (Part I)

The holiday season has ended and along with the cold January weather, another new season has arrived. Yes—it is tax season! Filing U.S. Income Taxes is as confusing, frustrating, and time-consuming as any of our other political processes in the U.S. If you have not yet read it, take a look at our Tax Assistance […]

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Reflecting on the Impact of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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Reflecting on the Impact of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

The third Monday of January marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S.—this year falling on January 19—and serves as a day to remember the Civil Rights movement leader for whom the day is named and as a day to reflect on how well we as a nation live up to our ideals of […]

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Celebrating Christmas in New York City as a European

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Celebrating Christmas in New York City as a European

Cecilia Lusardi is a J-1 Trainee at the Alessandro/Weber Design Agency in New York, New York. Before coming to the U.S., average Europeans think they know everything about celebrating a proper Christmas: what kind of decorations they are supposed to use, how to set up a Christmas Tree, the carols that should be played and how to go […]

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How the Winter Holidays Illuminate the Diversity of the U.S

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How the Winter Holidays Illuminate the Diversity of the U.S

With trees and lights and carols abounding, December is considered the Christmas season; however, the spirit of this holiday isn’t limited to one religion or segment of society. The winter holiday season for Americans begins in the weeks prior to Christmas as lights adorn the streets and 78 percent of U.S. households will display a […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Joyce Bouwens

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Getting to Know a J-1: Joyce Bouwens

Name: Joyce Bouwens Training Location: Gainesville, Texas Originally From: The Netherlands What have you found most surprising about America? The people are very warm and welcoming. What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit? Everything is bigger in Texas: big trucks, their love for fried food and BBQ! What did you find to be true or false […]

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