Covid-19: J1 and VIE updates

To provide adequate support and measures to ensure the well-being of all Exchange Visitors and host companies, please read carefully the following updates:

In light of recent developments regarding travel, we would like to communicate the following:

Exchange Visitors not yet in the United States (program has not begun):

  • For April start dates - The FACC-NY will be in touch with you and your host company to postpone your program. Please be on the look-out for an email from your assigned FACC-NY account manager with details.
  • For start dates in May or later - There is currently no change. If you or your host company decide to postpone further, please contact the FACC-NY.
  • The Embassy will contact you if there are any changes in your appointment.
  • Please address any specific questions to your assigned account manager.

Exchange Visitors currently on their program in the United States:

  • Due to the current travel restrictions, the FACC-NY would strongly recommend reconsidering any travel to Europe within the next 30 days.
  • We recommend that all Exchange Visitors follow the guidance given by their host companies. This includes recommendations to work from home while the host office may be closed. Please note that you and your supervisor must continue to have regular contact and that you should continue to follow your training plan.
  • If you are currently abroad (e.g. for vacation) and are not able to return before the restrictions go into effect, we understand you may be worried about your J-1 status. No guidance has been provided to the FACC at this time, but we will continue to keep you posted as we learn more. 
  • Please address any specific questions to your assigned account manager.

Host companies in the Unites States:

  • We advise all Exchange Visitors to follow all guidance from their host companies regarding this evolving situation. This includes working from home while the office may be closed. Please remember that the supervisor and the Exchange Visitor must remain in regular contact, the Exchange Visitor must still be supervised, and that the training plan (DS-7002) must still be followed.
  • Please address any specific questions to your assigned account manager.

We will continue to provide you with any information we receive. Please continue to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State for all updated travel advisories. Thank you!

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