Please consider joining our letter writing campaign to President Biden urging his Administration to ease travel restrictions to support international exchange programs. We encourage you to personalize your letter by sharing your tie to exchange programs, the importance of having J-1 participants in the United States now, and the impact on your business or local community from the travel restrictions.

The international exchange community has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Unfortunately, the continuation of Presidential Proclamation 10143 is making the situation worse. P. 10143 reinstates and expands COVID-19 travel bans from Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland. Embassies have cited P. 10143 as a reason to refuse or to cancel interviews for exchange program applicants.

Additionally, embassies are also citing Presidential Proclamation 10052 for denying visas even though that proclamation has been enjoined by a Federal court.

The international exchange community supports efforts to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in making exchange programs possible. We believe that the U.S. Department of State can achieve those goals while also easing the travel restrictions for exchange programs.