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New J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program Website

Beginning June 1st, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (“ECA”) will introduce a new J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program website at http://j1visa.state.gov. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is an educational and cultural exchange program whose objective is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and people from other countries around the world. Exchange visitor categories include secondary and college students, au pairs, camp counselors, government and international visitors, interns, physicians, professors, research scholars, teachers, trainees, specialists, and summer work travel participants. The new state-of-the-art website seeks to provide information on everything a prospective J-1 visitor will need to know, including program sponsor ship and participation information. Specifically, the site will feature the following:

• Instructions on how to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program
• Descriptions of each Exchange Visitor program category
• Testimonials from exchange participants
• Instructions on how to apply
• Videos and interactive content

For more information on the new J-1 website, see http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/05/164289.htm.