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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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How Irish-American Pride Transformed St. Patrick’s Day

Filed in American Culture by on March 19, 2018 0 Comments
How Irish-American Pride Transformed St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is seen as a tradition of celebrating Irish culture in cities across America. Americans of all races celebrate Irish pride with parades and parties where green beer flows and shamrocks can be spotted everywhere the eye can see. Nations around the world—even in Ireland where it began as a much smaller religious […]

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How Has the State of the Union Changed Over the Years?

Filed in American Culture by on January 31, 2018 0 Comments
How Has the State of the Union Changed Over the Years?

President Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address to Congress on Tuesday, remarking on the perceived successes of his administration’s first year in office and plans for future governance. The majority of Trump’s speech focused on domestic policy, including his administration’s goals on immigration, tax cuts, and the economy. Though the political issues […]

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Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy of Activism Is Still Present Today

Filed in American Culture by on January 18, 2018 0 Comments
Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy of Activism Is Still Present Today

Martin Luther King Jr’s commitment to nonviolence and activism is celebrated across the United States this week, with Americans encouraged to participate in a “Day of Service” in honor of his legacy. Celebrated on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed each year in conjunction with King’s January 15 birthday. […]

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J-1 Trainees Kick Off the 2017 Holiday Season

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on December 11, 2017 0 Comments
J-1 Trainees Kick Off the 2017 Holiday Season

Kamila Nadrowska is from Poland and is currently training with a food manufacturer in Rochester, New York. My host company had an amazing lunch for the employees, where everybody presented their own favorite dish. I tried several American Thanksgiving dishes, such as roasted veggies, crispy sweet potatoes, cornbread, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet corn casserole, […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Filed in American Culture by on September 27, 2017 0 Comments
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States each year beginning on September 15, marking the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Independence Day for Mexico, Chile, and Belize follows shortly after, on September 16, 18, and 21, respectively. The holiday continues through October […]

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The Founding Father of American Volunteerism

Filed in American Culture by on August 17, 2017 0 Comments
The Founding Father of American Volunteerism

Volunteerism has long been rooted in the American spirit, with the country relying on volunteers as far back as the Revolutionary War. That same drive to help and build community continues today, as many Americans turn to volunteerism to aid others, establish community ties, and foster a philanthropic attitude. Benjamin Franklin, one of the country’s […]

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