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The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Families travel from afar to gather around a table of food and give thanks for all that has happened in the past year. One of the most important parts of this holiday is the food. Many of the recipes are passed down from […]

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How Women’s Role in the Labor Movement Helped Create Labor Day

Filed in American Culture by on August 31, 2018 0 Comments
How Women’s Role in the Labor Movement Helped Create Labor Day

Each year on the first Monday of September, the United States celebrates Labor Day. Considered to be the official end of the summer season, many Americans spend the holiday gathering with family, swimming, or barbecuing. But Labor Day is far more than just a Monday off from work—in fact, it honors the very people who […]

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Is Your Exchange Program Almost Over? Consider Taking These Day Trips Before Leaving the US

Filed in American Culture by on August 17, 2018 0 Comments
Is Your Exchange Program Almost Over? Consider Taking These Day Trips Before Leaving the US

With many exchange visitors’ programs ending in August and September, you may be wondering which excursions you should take before leaving the United States. There are plenty of options for tourists looking to plan last-minute trips at a low cost. August and September are some of the best times to travel in the United States, […]

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What to Do – and What to Avoid – as an Exchange Visitor in the United States

Filed in J-1 Regulation Explainers by on July 30, 2018 0 Comments
What to Do – and What to Avoid – as an Exchange Visitor in the United States

Whether you’re participating in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program as a trainee or intern, you’re required to follow a certain set of regulations that the U.S. Department of State has issued. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was designed to give foreign students and recent graduates like yourself exposure to U.S. culture and hands-on training in […]

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Get Ready to ‘Eat, Play, and Give’ During J Day 2018

Filed in Exchange Visitor Spotlight by on July 19, 2018 0 Comments
Get Ready to ‘Eat, Play, and Give’ During J Day 2018

Each year, the international exchange community comes together to recognize J Day, a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. American sponsor organizations and exchange visitors use the day to share cultural customs, learn about voluntarism in the United States, give back to their local communities, and get to know one another under the […]

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Fourth of July Celebrations Across the United States

Filed in American Culture by on July 2, 2018 0 Comments
Fourth of July Celebrations Across the United States

Filled with barbecued food, family, and flags—the Fourth of July is a celebration of the United States independence from British rule. In 1777, the first Fourth of July celebration took place in Philadelphia, one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The festivities included 13-gun cannon salutes and fireworks to honor each colony. […]

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Observing Ramadan and Celebrating Eid Al Fitr 2018 in the United States

Filed in American Culture by on June 11, 2018 0 Comments
Observing Ramadan and Celebrating Eid Al Fitr 2018 in the United States

The holy month of Ramadan 2018 will come to an end this week. Eid Al Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, will be enjoyed by Muslims around the world with family, feasts, and merriment. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is mandatory for all Muslims as part of the five pillars of […]

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USCIS Is Changing How Unlawful Presence Is Calculated for Exchange Visitors

USCIS Is Changing How Unlawful Presence Is Calculated for Exchange Visitors

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing the way the agency calculates the accrual of unlawful presence for J-1 exchange visitors and their family members in J-2 status.  ”Unlawful presence” is a legal term referring to the number of days an exchange visitor or J-2 family member is physically present in the United States after the end of an authorized period of stay. Accruing […]

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The Best Places to Hike Across America This Summer

Filed in American Culture by on April 27, 2018 0 Comments
The Best Places to Hike Across America This Summer

If you’re an exchange visitor living in the United States for the first time, there may be no better way to see all the country has to offer than by grabbing your hiking boots and hitting the trails. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned hiker, America’s sprawling mountains, forests, canyons, (and even volcanoes) have something […]

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April 17 Is Tax Filing Day for Everyone, Including J-1 Visa Holders

April 17 Is Tax Filing Day for Everyone, Including J-1 Visa Holders

There is no getting around it! Exchange visitors earning an income in the United States are required to file their income taxes. J-1 visa holders will pay approximately twenty-five percent of their income in taxes—but should be sure to check out the specifics of the state they’re living in, as tax laws can vary. Although […]

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