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

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on January 23, 2015 0 Comments
Paying U.S. Income Taxes as a J Visa Holder: The Two W’s (Part I)

In our Common J Visa Questions series, Jai Misra, International Exchange Center Program Specialist, will take frequently asked question received from exchange program participants and attempt to answer them in the most comprehensive way possible. This information and much more is available in our FAQs section on our website. The holiday season has ended and along with the cold […]

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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

Filed in Perspectives by on January 9, 2015 0 Comments
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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How Immigrant-Owned Businesses Drive the U.S. Economy

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How Immigrant-Owned Businesses Drive the U.S. Economy

Once the Thanksgiving dishes have been cleared, many Americans will turn to their Christmas shopping lists and the “Black Friday” sales that seem to kick off the holiday shopping season. Retail stores will hold big sales and specials as millions of Americans flood shopping centers on the Friday after Thanksgiving—and in some cases, Thanksgiving night—to […]

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Bring Your Unique Traditions to the Thanksgiving Table This Year

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Bring Your Unique Traditions to the Thanksgiving Table This Year

The roots of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner dates back to 1600s when English settlers celebrated their first harvest in the Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. The settlers had arrived on the Mayflower in late 1620; roughly half died during that first harsh year. But with help from Native Americans in the area, the English settlers planted […]

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What You Need to Know About Social Security Numbers

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on November 7, 2014 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About Social Security Numbers

In our new Common J Visa Questions series, Jai Misra, International Exchange Center Program Specialist, will take frequently asked question received from exchange program participants and attempt to answer them in the most comprehensive way possible. This information and much more is available in our FAQs section on our website. If you are a J-1 who will be paid a […]

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Halloween: An American Tradition with Immigrant Roots

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Halloween: An American Tradition with Immigrant Roots

On October 31, Americans celebrate Halloween and pretend that ghosts and goblins are in the air, where candy is prevalent, and everyone can dress up as their favorite character. Walk around any neighborhood or block of stores and you are likely to see Halloween decorations and advertisements for special events.  Don’t let the ghosts, and […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Vladislav Haralampiev

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Getting to Know a J-1: Vladislav Haralampiev

Name: Vladislav Haralampiev Training Location: San Francisco, California Originally From: Bulgaria What have you found most surprising about the U.S.? First three things that come to my mind: People work harder the U.S. than in Bulgaria. The weather in San Francisco is very nice. From what people tell me, this is year round. And after visiting the […]

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