22 09, 2017

The Senate Scores Another Win for America

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J1 programs gain Senate support and funding A White House group got a gentle hand-slapping from the Senate, making it clear that they can’t make unilateral changes to J1 programs without going through the proper process. The Senate Appropriations Committee took the upper hand on a small working group that has been quietly reviewing [...]

5 09, 2017

White House Plans to Eliminate J-1 Programs will Harm U.S. Hospitality and Tourism

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A proposed plan by the White House could cripple hospitality and tourism businesses across the nation. In a recent study commissioned by the Alliance for Cultural Exchange the independent research firm, EurekaFacts, validates the potential doom and gloom for seasonal, summer and hospitality businesses that rely on the help of foreign students and interns [...]

26 07, 2017

Americans Are Already Hired

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A tight labor market is causing a labor conundrum. Trump wants businesses to hire American. The trouble is they can’t, because most Americans are already working. Record low unemployment rates are causing a tight labor market.  Last month, 14 states reported an increase in hiring with two states even reporting all-time unemployment lows. The Department [...]

24 07, 2017

Take Action to Preserve the Summer Work Travel Program

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PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS. The Issue:   Planned or proposed changes under the Trump Administration’s “America First,” policy may substantially impact the Summer Work Travel Program. These changes could substantially reduce the number of J1 visas.   What does that mean to you?  Your business may not have access to the [...]

18 07, 2017

Help Shortage is Harming Business

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This past 4th of July holiday, hit a record for Cape Cod. The tiny New England vacation resort was packed to the gills. The trouble is, “The Cape” as insiders call it, couldn’t handle the onslaught of sun and fun-seeking tourists. Overtaxed highways, restaurants and hotels stretched many seasonal businesses well beyond their limits. [...]

5 07, 2017

Summer Businesses Are In Trouble

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An End to Summer Work Travel Programs Could End Seasonal and Summer Businesses Summer is here and you’ve probably got fun-filled vacation plans. Maybe you’re looking forward to going to the beach, vacationing at your favorite resort, dining out at great restaurants, taking the kids to water or amusement parks? So are thousands of [...]

8 05, 2017

Fighting for the Future of Cultural Exchange

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We Never Tire of Fighting for What’s Right - We Hope You Don’t Either! Exchange programs are under intense scrutiny by the new administration and we’re asking once again for your support.  The Trump administration want to ensure our national economy and security, which is why we believe in fighting for the future of [...]

6 04, 2017

Cultural Exchange Programs Support Diplomacy and National Security

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The passionate battle to win support of important exchange programs continues with increasing furor.  Opponents to the significant State Department budget cuts that will affect the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs are lobbying hard to maintain program funding. The Alliance for International Exchange, which comprises 90 nongovernmental organizations, with more than 10,000 staff [...]

23 03, 2017

Extended Deadline: Write to Congress in Support of Exchange Programs!

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Keep Those Letters Coming! The Trump administration budget calls for unprecedented cuts to the Department of State, and significant, but unspecified, cuts to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA funds are critical to sustaining international exchange programs, which enable critical “people-to-people” diplomacy efforts. Though these programs are considered “soft” by some, [...]

17 03, 2017

Trump Budget Compromises Important Diplomacy Programs

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Our interest in preserving State Department programs, like the visitor exchange, is not self-promoting; it is national security preserving. After 27 years supporting cultural exchange programs, we know that programs aimed at creating global connections work. They accomplish the goal of greater understanding and establish early diplomatic ties with foreigner students, many of whom [...]