Please take a minute to write to the White House and Congress to oppose the inclusion of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program in the recent Presidential proclamation and request that the Administration exempt J-1 visas from the proclamation to enable these programs to continue. We encourage you to personalize your letter by sharing your tie to exchange programs, how your business or community benefits from these programs, and the impact of the suspension if J-1 programs are not exempted in the future.

On June 22, 2020, the White House issued a proclamation suspending some nonimmigrant visas effective June 24 through December 31, 2020, with the possibility of continuation. The executive action suspends certain categories of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. Section 2(b) of the proclamation details the J-1 visa suspensions, specifically for intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, and summer work travel programs.

The Alliance opposes the inclusion of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program in this proclamation and is continuing our efforts to save these important international exchange programs. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is an important cultural exchange program, not a work program, and should not be included in any actions suspending employment-based immigration.

For more information, please visit our website page on the Presidential proclamation.