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State Department Revises J-1 Summer Work Travel Program in Attempt to Protect Participants

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

The State Department has announced some much-awaited changes to the Summer Work Travel Program, made after a review process stemming from revelations that some international students had been exploited during their participation. “In recent years, the work component of the Summer Work Travel Program has too often overshadowed the core cultural component,” said the State […]

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Updates on J-1 Summer Work Travel Program

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 5:00 pm

You might remember that late last year the State Department ordered a thorough review of its J-1 Summer Work Travel program.  An Associated Press investigation had shown that some businesses have exploited students on J-1 visas, and this past summer the New York Times followed the story of J-1 workers at a Hershey warehouse who […]

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How 2 Weeks in San Francisco Made Memories and Inspiration

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Daranita is a student in Cambodia, where she is majoring in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Business Management. This summer she came on a short exchange program to San Francisco to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation, and shares this story about her experience visiting some of the most famous companies in America. […]

The Ups and Downs of Summer Work Travel

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 4:22 pm

This post is by VOA intern Matthew Kupfer, and was originally written in Russian for our sister blog, Альма-матер.  Matthew says, “although my post is written with a Russian-speaking audience in mind, the topic should be relevant to most everyone because the Work and Travel program is open to students from around the world.” When […]

Top Tips for J-1 Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

The J-1 visa is a temporary exchange visa (more information on the State Department’s J-1 website), and it’s very commonly used for students to come to the U.S. in the summer to work and travel. The Irish Voice put together a list of tips for Irish students taking advantage of these exchanges….but the advice is […]

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State Dept. Launches New J-1 Visa Website

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 11:28 am

The State Department today launched a new website dedicated to providing information on J-1 visas.  J-1 visas apply to exchange programs and must be sponsored through an established exchange visitor program.  They’re used in many different scenarios, but one common one is for summer work travel programs in the U.S. If you’re confused about all […]

A Cautionary J-1 Visa Tale

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

The Associated Press investigates how some businesses take advantage of college students who come to the U.S. on J-1 temporary visas.  They find some truly horrifying stories of students who have ended up living in homeless shelters or ended up working in strip clubs.  It’s a cautionary tale that should remind you, as we’ve said […]

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F-1, M-1 or J-1? All About Student Visas

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at 10:30 am

What type of visa will you need to come study in the U.S.?  How do you apply for each type of visa, and what are the restrictions associated with it?  Fulbright Belgium explains in this useful video. Click “Read the rest of this entry” to see the video.  Nareg talked about his experience applying for […]

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