For J1 VISAS Being Suspended; what are your options?

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The US has temporarily suspended the J1 internship programs for some trainees due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. US President Donald Trump has declared Covid-19 a national emergency when he gave a statement for the people of the United States. He plans to give $50 billion in funds to help in the fighting the pandemic. The number of cases caused by Covid-19 in the US continues to increase. A statement from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State said, “it would temporarily suspend a number of programs, including the J1 summer visa, for 60 days.” (McDermott, thejournal.ie). There are of course many questions regards to what is going to happen during this period of suspension for J1 trainees such as whether their program is ending and what will happen as they continue their program. In the same article, there is a statement made by the travel agency called USIT that is in charge of the administration for the visa in Ireland would have to look at all the applications and give the applicants some guidance into the situation going on. USIT stated that, “We will be in a position to do this once we receive further instruction on how to progress from our US sponsors and we expect to have another update to share with you next week,” (McDermott, thejournal.ie) As of March 20, 2020, U.S. embassies and consulates have suspended all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services. Routine visa services will continue as soon as possible, but there is no specific time given when the program will continue after the pandemic. (J1visa.state.gov)

 

Some employers are already terminating or stopping trainees because businesses are down in their current locations like the East Coast and some other States across the US.  We are monitoring “real-time” and the trend. We see them now happening with our host companies and applicants. CSI Professionals Inc is here to assist J1/J2 clients during this time, by providing recommendations on how to change your J1/J2 status and ensure that their status are protected. 

Email us at info@csi-professionals.com. You may also call us at 818-476-0082 or Text/Viber/Call us at 213-487-5059.

We have always been committed to personal meetings and seminars all through the years but we have to resort to alternative solutions during this difficult time. Hence the need to divert to Webinar and Phone Consults, for now. CSI Professionals Inc will send you an email about how to contact us through Zoom if you have any questions that can’t be answered through phone.

Please follow these steps:  

  1. Open an email titled “Please Join Zoom Meeting In Progress” from angelo.csiprofinc@gmail.com
  2. Click on Link
  3. Then Download the C-File from Zoom.
  4. Click Run when prompted and “Accept All Changes”

 

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*(Please note that while these are information gathered on current news; this is reinforced by our opinion and may not be construed as a form of advice)*

Source Article: https://j1visa.state.gov/covid-19/

https://www.state.gov/temporary-pause-of-international-exchange-programs-due-to-covid-19/ 

https://j1visa.state.gov/participants/current/adjustments-and-extensions/

https://www.thejournal.ie/us-j1-visa-suspended-covid-19-5046353-Mar2020/

For references, please visit the website: https://j1visa.state.gov/covid-19/ for more information. 

 

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