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The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

The Culture Exchange Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Families travel from afar to gather around a table of food and give thanks for all that has happened in the past year. One of the most important parts of this holiday is the food. Many of the recipes are passed down from […]

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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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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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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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Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers: Why America Celebrates Memorial Day

Filed in American Culture by on May 26, 2017 0 Comments
Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers: Why America Celebrates Memorial Day

Americans will observe Memorial Day this year on May 29, often using the time to gather with family and welcome the summer months. However, it’s best to not lose sight of the meaning behind this federal holiday. Originally called Decoration Day, based on the centuries-old tradition of adorning the graves of fallen soldiers with flags, […]

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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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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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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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Election Day 2015: What You Need to Know

Filed in American Culture by on November 3, 2015 0 Comments
Election Day 2015: What You Need to Know

Election Day 2015 is here! While the United States presidential election isn’t until next year, today’s elections for state and local governments are just as important. States are granted authority to create and enforce laws under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These laws can include key issues, ranging from education, conservation, and immigration. […]

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