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DOS Notice: Cap on Current Participant Levels and Moratorium on New Sponsor Applications for Summer Work Travel Program

"Effective January 1, 2012, the Department is restricting the size of the Exchange Visitor Program (J–1visa) category of Summer Work Travel to 2011 actual participant levels. The Department is also announcing, effective immediately, a moratorium on designation of new Summer Work Travel sponsor...

State Dept. to review J-1 Summer Work Travel visa program

"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered an "extensive and thorough review" of a foreign exchange program that has been used by U.S. businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to work in the sex industry." - Holbrook Mohr,...

Cheap Labor as Cultural Exchange: The $100 Million Work Travel Industry

“Cheap Labor as Cultural Exchange: The $100 Million Work Travel Industry”, is based on five months of reporting by CIS senior research fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist Jerry Kammer. The series tells the story of the State Department’s troubled Summer Work Travel...

Protecting Guest Workers in the United States

"As the director of a project focused on the rights of migrant workers, I have been closely following the situation at the Hershey's Chocolate packing plant in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, exchange students on J-1 visas faced threats and retaliation from their recruiting...

State Department Removes Company From J-1 Summer Work Program

"Signaling a sharp change of course in the country’s largest international cultural exchange program, the State Department has banned a leading sponsor company from bringing foreign students to the United States for summer jobs and will add new restrictions to protect students from...

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program – Summer Work Travel

"The Department of State (Department) published an initial interim final rule with request for comment on April 26, 2011 (see 76 Fed. Reg. 23177)(2011 IFR) to amend the regulatory requirements of the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. In this second interim final rule ...

State Department Revises Foreign Student Job Program After Abuse Complaints

"The State Department, responding to a wave of complaints from foreign students about abuses under a summer cultural exchange program, issued new rules on Friday significantly revising the types of jobs the students can do, prohibiting them from most warehouse, construction, manufacturing...

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule with Request for Comment: Exchange Visitor Program – Summer Work Travel

"The Department of State (Department) published an initial interim final rule with request for comment on April 26, 2011) (2011 IFR) to amend the regulatory requirements of the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. In this second interim final rule (2012 IFR), the Department...

DOS Interim Final Rule with Request for Comment: Exchange Visitor Program – Summer Work Travel

"The Department of State (Department) published an initial interim final rule with request for comment on April 26, 2011) (2011 IFR) to amend the regulatory requirements of the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. In this second interim final rule (2012 IFR), the Department...

Indian Physicians Victims of Epidemic J-1 Visa Denials at American Consulates in India

Jan Pederson writes: "There have been credible reports that dozens of Indian physicians who have been accepted into medical residency programs in the United States to begin on July 1, 2012, are being denied J-1 visas to return to the United States to undertake graduate medical education. Physicians...

Did DOS Lose Face in J-1 Visa Flip-Flop with China?

Here's the conservative Heritage Foundation's take on a recent J-1 visa controversy involving 'Confucius Institutes' Chinese language teachers in the U.S. The May 25, 2012 Guidance Directive is here . All J-1 visa Guidance Directives are posted here .

President Signs S.3245 into Law, Extending EB-5 Regional Centers, E-Verify, Religion Workers, and Conrad State 30 J-1

"On Friday, September 28, 2012, the President signed into law S. 3245, which extends to September 30, 2015, the expiration dates of key requirements of four immigration programs administered by the Department of Homeland Security: the EB-5 Regional Center Program; the E-Verify Program; the Special...

Colorado Ski Resorts Lose H-2B Workers, Keep J-1 Visas Steady

"Four years ago Aspen Skiing Co. hosted about 400 H2B visa workers in operations at its four Roaring Fork Valley ski areas. This year, there will be two among its 2,000 employees. "H2Bs have essentially gone away," said Jim Laing, vice-president of human resources for Aspen Skiing. But...

J-1 Visa Workers Strike McDonald's in Pennsylvania

"Alleging unpaid wages and repeated retaliation, McDonald’s workers in central Pennsylvania launched a surprise strike at 11 this morning. The strikers are student guest workers from Latin America and Asia, brought to the United States under the controversial J-1 cultural exchange visa program...

Guest Worker Visa Troubles Visit McDonald's

"For Argentine college student Jorge Rios, a U.S. government cultural-exchange program had huge appeal: He would earn money and use it to explore the country. But after spending $3,000 to participate, Mr. Rios said he found himself at the mercy of a McDonald's Corp. franchisee who was his employer...

Former McDonald's Franchisee Settles With DOL for $211K in FLSA, J-1 Summer Work Case

"Former McDonald's franchisee Cheung Enterprises LLC and president Andrew Cheung, based in Middletown, have agreed to pay $205,977 in back wages and liquidated damages to 291 employees, including 178 foreign student workers hired under the U.S. State Department's J-1 visa program. An investigation...

Culture Shock: The Exploitation of J-1 Cultural Exchange Workers

"They come to experience all America has to offer. They hope to pay their way by working a summer job as they experience a new culture and learn English. They work in our hotels, restaurants, fast-food chains and amusement parks. They work for companies with names synonymous with the United States...

212(e) Guidance for J-2 spouse of J-1 MAVNI - USCIS

"USCIS HQ Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 11:36 AM Subject: Guidance for J2 spouse of J1 MAVNI Good Morning, USCIS Field Office Directorate (FOD), Citizenship Branch, has shared the following guidance with its field offices. Please disseminate to any personnel who are involved in the...

Au Pair Suit Brings Domestic Worker Abuse Into Spotlight

"As a class action unfolds in Colorado alleging au pairs on the J-1 visa program have had their wages fixed at $4.35 per hour, Law360 takes a closer look at the exploitation of domestic workers by abusive employers who range from middle-class families to high-ranking diplomats. [ Link to Beltran...