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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain H, J, and L Nonimmigrants

On June 22, 2020, the president issued Proclamation 10052 titled Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak, that went into effect at at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 24, 2020. A June 29, 2020 amendment clarifies
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ECA Pauses ECA-Funded Exchange Visitor Programs

On May 12, 2020 the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) ​announced​ that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, "all ECA-funded in-person exchange programs will remain paused until further notice." This extends indefinitely for now the 60-day temporary pause that ECA had put into place effective
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EVP Sponsor Call QA - March 27, 2020

On March 27, 2020, the Department of State hosted a teleconference for J-1 exchange program sponsors. Reproduced below for convenience are the questions and answers arising out of that call, which are now posted on the Exchange Vistior Program's COVID-19 page. DOS divided the Q and A into five
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COVID-19 Guidance from DOS ECA for J-1 Exchange Program Sponsors

A Department of State Bureau of Educational Exchange Exchange Visitor Program page links to the latest guidance for Exchange Visitor Program sponsors and participants, and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section as well. Go to DOS ECA Exchange Visitor Program Resources on COVID-19 EVP Guidance
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DOS OPA-AG Serious Problem or Controversy Reporting Rubric

22 CFR 62.13(d) requires an exchange visitor program to notify the Department of State of: any investigations of an exchange visitor's site of activity, or any serious problem or controversy that may bring the Department of State or the sponsor's exchange visitor program into "notoriety or disrepute
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J Subpart A Rule Resource Page

Stay tuned to this page for updates on the J Subpart A rule. The rule was published on October 6, 2014, and became effective on January 5, 2015, except for the new insurance levels, which became effective on May 15, 2015.
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