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The Heroics and History Behind March Madness

Filed in American Culture 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 J-1 Regulation Explainers 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 J-1 Regulation Explainers 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 J-1 Regulation Explainers by on February 19, 2015 1 Comment
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 on all income that you received from your host company from January through December. If you are on the payroll of the U.S. host company, the compensation (pay) you are receiving […]

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

Filed in J-1 Regulation Explainers 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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What You Need to Know About Social Security Numbers

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

If you are a J-1 who will be paid a stipend or otherwise compensated financially by the U.S. host organization during the time you are in the U.S. as an intern or trainee, you will most likely need to apply for a Social Security Number and Social Security Card. The Social Security Number, which is […]

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Know Your Documents: The J-1 Visa, DS-2019, DS-7002, I-901, and I-94

Filed in J-1 Regulation Explainers by on September 19, 2014 20 Comments
Know Your Documents: The J-1 Visa, DS-2019, DS-7002, I-901, and I-94

As you may have noticed, there are many documents that correspond with your immigration status as a J-1 visa holder. It is important to know what these documents do, even if you do not know what all of the names stand for (hint: “DS” stands for “Department of State,” the government agency responsible for administering […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Outside the U.S. During Your J-1 Program

Filed in J-1 Regulation Explainers by on August 15, 2014 43 Comments
Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Outside the U.S. During Your J-1 Program

 Can I travel outside the United States during my J-1 training program or internship? This is perhaps the most common question we get from J-1 and J-2 Exchange Visitors. J-1 trainees and interns frequently email us to ask if they and their J-2 dependents are allowed to travel outside the United States during their J-1 […]

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