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Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

Filed in American Culture by on February 15, 2017 0 Comments
Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

Americans will celebrate Presidents’ Day on February 20. The day will bring sales at retail stores, war re-enactments, and a variety of other ceremonies.  However, it is an important time to reflect back on the initial intent of this long-standing federal holiday. Presidents Day was originally celebrated on February 22, the birthday of America’s first […]

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For Tax Purposes, Are Exchange Visitors Nonresident Aliens or Resident Aliens?

Filed in J-1 Regulation Explainers by on February 1, 2017 0 Comments
For Tax Purposes, Are Exchange Visitors Nonresident Aliens or Resident Aliens?

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Internal Revenue Code provides two separate tax structures—one for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and one for nonresidents. To prepare for tax season, exchange visitors must know which category they file under. Exchange visitors are considered nonresident aliens because the maximum duration of a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is one […]

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How the United States of America Inaugurates its Presidents

Filed in American Culture by on January 19, 2017 0 Comments
How the United States of America Inaugurates its Presidents

The 45th President of the United States will be installed Friday, January 20, 2017 during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.  The ceremonies and activities associated with the inauguration of a new president are a celebration of our democracy and an important part of the peaceful transition of power. The start of a president’s term in office […]

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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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