The presidential administration is considering eliminating the J-1 Summer
Work-Travel Program for students who come to tourist areas in the United
States as temporary summer help and as participants in cultural exchanges.
According to the State Department, the program provides opportunities
for around 300,000 foreign visitors from 200 countries and territories
per year to participate.
Typically, someone who qualifies for the J-1 Program must meet certain
specifications. For example, they must be sufficiently proficient in English,
be enrolled in and actively pursuing a degree or full-time course of study,
have successfully completed at least one semester or the equivalent of
post-secondary academic study, and be pre-placed in a job prior to entry
(unless they’re from a visa waiver country).
If the J-1 Program is eliminated, it would mainly affect the hospitality
industry in the areas that rely on these students to wait tables, cook,
and run amusement park rides in tourist areas during the summer.
Among those affected, Morey’s Pier Amusement Park in Wildwood, New
Jersey, would be one of the hardest hit. In 2017, the park hired more
than 1/3 of its workforce through the J-1 Program. Its Director of Human
Resources says it makes extensive efforts to hire U.S. workers but can’t
find enough people interested in seasonal work to fill the gap. Likewise,
other tourist areas such as Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the Poconos also
depend on the work program.
If you think you might be affected by this development, talk to one of
Cleveland immigration lawyers.
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