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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

The Department of State's BridgeUSA Program (the Department of State Exchange Visitor Program) maintains a set of Frequently Asked Questions to communicate its COVID-19 policies to exchange visitor program sponsors. On March 1, 2021, BridgeUSA updated its original COVID-19 FAQs, and has continued to
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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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