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Five Tips to Submit a Strong Trainee/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)

Five Tips to Submit a Strong Trainee/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)

Evaluating the merits of an application for J-1 intern or trainee program sponsorship is like putting puzzle together. Some puzzles have few pieces; others are more complex. Just as larger puzzles take more time to complete, the complexity of a sponsorship application may account for longer processing time. The best way to simplify the path […]

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How the Change in Administration Will Impact the Exchange Visitor Program

Filed in American Culture by on December 21, 2016 0 Comments
How the Change in Administration Will Impact the Exchange Visitor Program

Exchange visitors already in the U.S., as well as those arriving in the New Year, may be wondering what the election results and upcoming change in administration means to them. Immigration was a prominent topic during the presidential campaign, and President-elect Donald Trump said some pretty harsh things. He also made campaign promises aimed at […]

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Navigating Health Insurance Regulations as an Exchange Visitor

Filed in J-1 Regulation Explainers by on December 7, 2016 0 Comments
Navigating Health Insurance Regulations as an Exchange Visitor

All participants of the American Immigration Council’s Exchange Visitor Program are required to have insurance coverage for the duration of their stay. Exchange visitors can choose one of the following options to obtain coverage: purchase insurance through the Council, purchase directly from a private insurance company, or purchase through your host company usually deducted directing from your […]

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Why We Celebrate Diwali: An Exchange Visitor’s Reflection

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on November 15, 2016 0 Comments
Why We Celebrate Diwali: An Exchange Visitor’s Reflection

All cultures have holidays and festivals that capture the uniqueness of the people and country in which they take place. Take a moment to research holidays particular to any given country, and list after list will present itself. Often, these celebrations mark specific religious holidays and come with particular traditions and cuisine that support the […]

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How J-1 Exchange Visitors Celebrated Halloween in the United States in 2016

How J-1 Exchange Visitors Celebrated Halloween in the United States in 2016

Marcal Prats is from Spain and is currently training with a digital communications company in Washington, D.C. On Halloween I hung out with friends around Georgetown in Washington D.C. We were dressed up in costumes specifically for the occasion. I dressed with a horror Halloween Theme. I wore a giant spider on the top of […]

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Around the World in 450 Days

Filed in Exchange Visitor Reflections by on October 25, 2016 0 Comments
Around the World in 450 Days

Bastien Chirat has been “extremely passionate about aeronautics” since long before he learned about the J-1 visa or exchange visitor programs. As a committed student at the French Civil Aviation University, he is pursuing a degree in engineering at a highly specialized university where he is gaining technical skills and learning applied econometrics and marketing […]

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

Filed in American Culture by on September 2, 2016 0 Comments
Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

This national holiday provides families a time to wrap up their summer adventures in preparation for a new school year, workers to take a brief break after the summer work activities and preparations for fall, and individuals to fit in one last vacation before buckling down for fewer hours of sunshine and cooler weather. Want […]

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Watching the Olympics Far From Home

Filed in American Culture by on August 12, 2016 0 Comments
Watching the Olympics Far From Home

The 2016 Summer Olympics provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate amazing athletes from around the globe and sit in awe of their accomplishments. The Olympics promote good relations and amiable competition among countries around the world, and date back more than 3,000 years to ancient Greece. Since those first games, the worldwide event […]

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J-Day: Eat. Play. Give.

Filed in American Culture by on July 27, 2016 0 Comments
J-Day: Eat. Play. Give.

Every year, cultural exchange sponsor organizations all over the United States plan an events to celebrate the power and impact of the international exchange visitor program and also to give back to local communities where exchange visitors are being hosted. This day is known as J-Day, and the Alliance for International Exchange provides resources to […]

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Have You Experienced Culture Shock? This Theory May Explain Why

Filed in American Culture by on July 19, 2016 0 Comments
Have You Experienced Culture Shock? This Theory May Explain Why

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a new sojourner throwing yourself into the wide world of international experiences, it is likely that now or in the past you have experienced symptoms of cultural adjustment. This may include a general euphoria when you’ve arrived at your international destination that may dissolve into moments of confusion about […]

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