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 [...]

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 [...]

Labor Day – An Nationwide Tribute to American Workers

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Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September to recognize the “social and economic achievements of American workers.  It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our America.” Oregon was the first state to officially adopt Labor Day in 1887 and other states [...]

Once in a Lifetime Experiences

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Life-defining moments are always unforgettable.  For Vanja Dokic, a third year hospitality and tourism student, that pivotal moment happened almost a year ago. The decision to volunteer at the annual World Youth Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) last year in his hometown of Belgrade, Serbia, determined his destiny.  After seven days at the conference, interacting [...]

J-Day Events Across America; Eat. Play. Give!

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Foreign students and local communities are coming together August 7th to celebrate the power of cultural exchange. International exchange participants who come the United States to work and travel under temporary student visas will join together for a fun-filled day in communities across the country. “J-Day” is the official name of the nationwide celebrations [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]