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. Potential modifications may also be periodically recommended (within 30 days and every 60 days thereafter) throughout its effective period. 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.

We support the U.S. Department of State taking into consideration the situation on the ground in the United States and abroad when it decides how to enable international exchange programs. Decisions about travel from countries abroad and the viability of programs here in the United States should continue to be tied to how those respective areas are dealing with COVID-19.

RESOURCES:

Alliance fact sheet on June 22 proclamation

44 former U.S. Ambassadors letter to White House (7/20/20)

Exchange community letter with 874 signers to the White House (7/2/20)

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Alliance press release (6/22/20)

 

Congressional letter to President Donald J. Trump on the J-1 Visa Teacher Exchange Program (9/16/20)

 

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling on preliminary injunction in Gomez, et al. v. Trump, et al. (9/4/20)

Administration’s opposition brief to CA case National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al. (8/19/20)

Amicus brief with 104 signatories supporting J-1 programs in CA case National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al. (8/11/20)

Amicus brief with 104 signatories supporting J-1 programs in DC case Gomez, et al. v. Trump, et al. (8/11/20)

Amicus brief from leading companies and business organizations in support of CA case National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al. (8/10/20)

Amicus brief from 23 State Attorneys General in support of DC case Gomez, et al. v. Trump, et al. (8/07/20)

National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al. (7/21/20)

Gomez, et al. v. Trump, et al. (7/17/20)

 

U.S. Department of State: Frequently Asked Questions on J Visa Processing (9/15/20)

U.S. Department of State: National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants (8/12/20)

U.S. Department of State: National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland (7/22/20)

Presidential proclamation suspending nonimmigrant visas (6/22/20)

FT: White House weighs tougher visa restrictions for foreign workers (6/18/20)

WSJ: Trump Administration considers Suspending H-1B, Other Visas Through the Fall (6/11/20)

Presidential proclamation suspending immigration (4/22/20)