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Maintaining Contact with Your J Program Sponsor

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on June 26, 2015 0 Comments
Maintaining Contact with Your J Program Sponsor

First and foremost, we are here to help you. During your stay in the U.S., if you face any issues, especially regarding your housing, health insurance, or work place, then please contact your Case Manager as soon as possible. Your Case Manager is the person who interviewed you and signed your DS-2019. Your Case Manager […]

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How My J-1 Experience Shaped My Entrepreneurship

Filed in Perspectives by on May 15, 2015 0 Comments
How My J-1 Experience Shaped My Entrepreneurship

By Loet Rammelsberg, CEO of Vicancy. While sitting in a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Berlin–on my way to an investors pitch–I’m reflecting on my time in the U.S. a couple of years ago. I was a student of Tropical Agriculture in Wageningen, a town in the central Netherlands, and launched (sort of by coincidence) […]

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Mother’s Day and What It’s Like to Be a Working Mom in the United States

Filed in Perspectives by on May 7, 2015 0 Comments
Mother’s Day and What It’s Like to Be a Working Mom in the United States

In 1914, the U.S. Government deemed the second Sunday in May officially Mother’s Day in the United States. Ever since, it has become the tradition to celebrate your mother by sharing a meal, buying her flowers and other gifts, as well as sending heartfelt messages of love and appreciation. It’s not entirely different from how people […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Tanya Kakaradova

Filed in Exchange Visitor Highlight by on April 13, 2015 0 Comments
Getting to Know a J-1: Tanya Kakaradova

Name:  Tanya Kakaradova Training Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Originally From: Bulgaria What have you found most surprising about America? Regardless of how advanced this country is in many aspects, building wooden houses instead of the solid concrete and brick alternative still astonishes me. What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit? The colorfulness of the […]

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The Heroics and History Behind March Madness

Filed in Perspectives by on March 30, 2015 0 Comments
The Heroics and History Behind March Madness

“With war nerves tense, the final defense Is the courage, strength and will In a million lives where freedom thrives And liberty lingers still. Now eagles fly and heroes die Beneath some foreign arch Let their sons tread where hate is dead In a happy Madness of March.” -Basketball Ides of March (H.V. Porter, coach) […]

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Understanding the IMG Group Insurance Policy as an Exchange Visitor

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on March 24, 2015 0 Comments
Understanding the IMG Group Insurance Policy as an Exchange Visitor

All J Visa holders are required to have sickness and accident insurance during their time in the U.S. American Immigration Council exchange participants can enroll in a policy negotiated with the International Medical Group (IMG). It is not mandatory that our participants enroll in this insurance policy through IMG. However, many do because it is […]

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11 Health Insurance Terms J-1’s Should Know

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on March 11, 2015 0 Comments
11 Health Insurance Terms J-1’s Should Know

The American Immigration Council’s J-1 program receives more questions about healthcare insurance than any other subject. We understand that insurance is a tricky topic, and it can be just as hard for U.S. residents to understand as it is for international visitors. Before discussing the details of healthcare insurance in the U.S., it is best […]

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What J-1 Participants Need to Know This Tax Season (Part II)

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on February 19, 2015 2 Comments
What J-1 Participants Need to Know This Tax Season (Part II)

1. Why do I need to file taxes in the U.S.? As J-1 trainee or intern, you are required to pay U.S. income taxes in 2015 on all income that you received from your host company from January through December 2014. If you are on the payroll of the U.S. host company, the compensation (pay) […]

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Reflecting on Living in Chicago as a European

Filed in Perspectives by on February 6, 2015 0 Comments
Reflecting on Living in Chicago as a European

Claire P. is a J-1 Trainee at Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. Having an international background, I never thought integration would be an issue for me. I was born in Cape Town to Belgian parents, lived all over Europe except Belgium, and spoke perfectly fluent English. I expected my time in Chicago […]

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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)

The holiday season has ended and along with the cold January weather, another new season has arrived. Yes—it is tax season! Filing U.S. Income Taxes is as confusing, frustrating, and time-consuming as any of our other political processes in the U.S. If you have not yet read it, take a look at our Tax Assistance […]

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