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  • 2017 Alliance Annual Meeting

    The Alliance Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on October 25-26, 2017 at the Westin City Center Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. The meeting of Alliance members is a platform for the international exchange community to engage in programmatic and policy discussions with representatives from key government agencies, especially the U.S. Department of State.
  • Amendment Passes to Protect J1

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    The Senate Appropriations Committee approved language designed to ensure that any changes made to the J1 Exchange Visitor Program be done publicly, in line with the full notice and comment requirements of the normal federal regulatory process. The amendment was co-sponsored by Senator Chris Coons, Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, and Senator Lisa Murkowksi.
  • New Report Highlights Impact of SWT Program

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    EurekaFacts has released its report on the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program. The report, commissioned by the Alliance, reviewed the history and current status of the SWT program, researched the experiences of employers and participants, and analyzed secondary employment and economic data.
  • Trump Administration Considering Cuts to J1 Visa Program

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    As the Trump administration reviews all visa classes under the “Buy American and Hire American” (BAHA) Executive Order, the Wall Street Journal reported that the administration is considering major cuts, elimination, and new requirements to the J1 visa classes.

The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mirchaye Sahlu
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:28

New data recently released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators indicate that the more than one million international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2016-17 academic year contributed $36.9 billion to the U.S. economy, while at the same time supporting more than 450,000 jobs. These numbers represent a 12.4% increase in job support and creation and a 12.5% increase in dollars contributed to the economy compared to the previous academic year.

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:01

Please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 11/15/2017.
If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email us and provide the item number located above the announcement. Requests are processed on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Edward Adutwum
Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:57

The 2017 Open Doors Report shows a 3.4% increase in the number of international students coming to the U.S for higher education: 1,078,822 international students enrolled in United States higher education institutions in 2016/17 compared to 1,043,839 students in 2015/16. International students represent just over 5.3% of the more than 20 million students enrolled in U.S. higher education. China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada are the top five places of origin of international students in the U.S.

Au pair weave blankets for families in need

The Alliance Exchange Voice - Giving Voice to the Power of Exchange

International au pairs weave themselves into their new community

It was a chilly day in the city of Preston, Washington, when a group of international au pairs came together to warm the hearts of their new community. They arrived to their local Area Director Ashley’s home for brunch to fuel a morning of volunteering their time for the Eastside Baby Corner. The group of 17 au pairs hailing from Germany, Czech Republic, Mexico, Poland, France, Thailand, Colombia, Brazil, Belgium and South Africa got to know each other during their brunch, as many had newly arrived to the Seattle area.

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