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Future of J1 Visa for Camp Counselors with Trump

Future of J1 Visa for Camp Counselors with Trump

Author -  Vicki Kenny

What will the change in the US Election mean for the J1 Visa for Camp America?

Most of you don't know how much work goes on, every day, behind the scenes to protect the J1 Camp Counsellor Visa. 

Camp America employs full time lobbyists and legal experts to ensure the J1 Visa remains as a cultural exchange visa as it was intended in 1963 when it was established. 

After last night's election results some summer camp returners have voiced concern over the summer camp visa - and we would like to explain to you what our full time lobbyists know for sure. This is a letter from Alliance for International Exchange below. 

Letter from The Alliance dated 9th October 2016

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Last night’s presidential election results have surprised so many of us.
 
President-elect Donald Trump’s victory raises many questions for us as an international community. Many of us are wondering about his plans regarding federally-funded exchange programs, his view on immigration reform, and the potential changes he might seek to visa policies. We also know that many of your participants are raising questions about what might happen to them now.
 
The answers to these and many more questions will be greatly influenced by who Trump names as Secretary of State, the senior staff he assembles at the White House, and who leads the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It will take some time before Trump’s team comes together and the implications begin to emerge.
 
As for your participants, please reassure them there will NOT be wholesale changes any time soon to international exchange programs and current participants will NOT be deported. Neither they, nor you, need to make any significant changes right now.
 
Thankfully, we have bipartisan support in Congress for the international exchange programs all of us so deeply care about: Senators Patrick Leahy, John Boozman, Roy Blunt and Ron Johnson, along with Representatives Kay Granger, Nita Lowey, Charlie Dent and Bill Keating were re-elected. So were Representatives Steve Pearce and Jim Himes, the co-chairs of the International Exchange and Study Caucus, and Rob Bishop and Joe Crowley, the lead sponsors of the high school host family tax deduction bill. At the Department of State, there are many career staffers who care very deeply about our programs and are likely to remain in their positions.
 
In the weeks and months to come we will work very closely with our allies in Congress and at State to affirm existing relationships and create additional support for exchanges. We will also seek to identify and engage key actors in the incoming Trump administration, and the transition team to establish a fruitful working relationship.
 
Emotions are running high today. But the good news is all of us have been preparing for years for just this moment. We have collectively increased our local engagement with elected officials through “Road Shows,” “J Day,” and other events on the state and district level. We have worked harder than ever to get our message out through the media. We now need to build on and intensify these efforts. The Playbook of External Engagement Strategies and Rapid Response Media Plan that we unveiled earlier this year were designed specifically to help all of us meet these challenges.
 
I was reminded this morning that exchanges have flourished under previous Republican administrations. Let’s do the hard work necessary to ensure that the new administration comes to see international exchange as a critical component of their foreign policy.  
 
Sincerely,


Ilir Zherka
Executive Director

Future of J1 Visa for Camp Counselors with Trump

President-elect Donald Trump’s victory raises many questions for us as an international community. Many of us are wondering about his plans regarding federally-funded exchange programs, his view on immigration reform, and the potential changes he might seek to visa policies. We also know that many of your participants are raising questions about what might happen to them now.

What will the change in the US Election mean for the J1 Visa for Camp America?

Most of you don't know how much work goes on, every day, behind the scenes to protect the J1 Camp Counsellor Visa. 

Camp America employs full time lobbyists and legal experts to ensure the J1 Visa remains as a cultural exchange visa as it was intended in 1963 when it was established. 

After last night's election results some summer camp returners have voiced concern over the summer camp visa - and we would like to explain to you what our full time lobbyists know for sure. This is a letter from Alliance for International Exchange below. 

Letter from The Alliance dated 9th October 2016

Letter from Allicance regarding trump and J1 Visa.png

Last night’s presidential election results have surprised so many of us.
 
President-elect Donald Trump’s victory raises many questions for us as an international community. Many of us are wondering about his plans regarding federally-funded exchange programs, his view on immigration reform, and the potential changes he might seek to visa policies. We also know that many of your participants are raising questions about what might happen to them now.
 
The answers to these and many more questions will be greatly influenced by who Trump names as Secretary of State, the senior staff he assembles at the White House, and who leads the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It will take some time before Trump’s team comes together and the implications begin to emerge.
 
As for your participants, please reassure them there will NOT be wholesale changes any time soon to international exchange programs and current participants will NOT be deported. Neither they, nor you, need to make any significant changes right now.
 
Thankfully, we have bipartisan support in Congress for the international exchange programs all of us so deeply care about: Senators Patrick Leahy, John Boozman, Roy Blunt and Ron Johnson, along with Representatives Kay Granger, Nita Lowey, Charlie Dent and Bill Keating were re-elected. So were Representatives Steve Pearce and Jim Himes, the co-chairs of the International Exchange and Study Caucus, and Rob Bishop and Joe Crowley, the lead sponsors of the high school host family tax deduction bill. At the Department of State, there are many career staffers who care very deeply about our programs and are likely to remain in their positions.
 
In the weeks and months to come we will work very closely with our allies in Congress and at State to affirm existing relationships and create additional support for exchanges. We will also seek to identify and engage key actors in the incoming Trump administration, and the transition team to establish a fruitful working relationship.
 
Emotions are running high today. But the good news is all of us have been preparing for years for just this moment. We have collectively increased our local engagement with elected officials through “Road Shows,” “J Day,” and other events on the state and district level. We have worked harder than ever to get our message out through the media. We now need to build on and intensify these efforts. The Playbook of External Engagement Strategies and Rapid Response Media Plan that we unveiled earlier this year were designed specifically to help all of us meet these challenges.
 
I was reminded this morning that exchanges have flourished under previous Republican administrations. Let’s do the hard work necessary to ensure that the new administration comes to see international exchange as a critical component of their foreign policy.  
 
Sincerely,


Ilir Zherka
Executive Director

Future of J1 Visa for Camp Counselors with Trump

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