In order to better serve our clients, we are changing the way we process J-1 visa applications. Effective January 1, 2014, we will no longer accept the paper version of our application.
We will be eliminating non-expedite service, and changing our processing times to 5 business days to review your application materials after you have submitted the completed online application and made payment. All applications will now be processed on an expedited timeline. This change in application processing corresponds with an increase in our fees. Our program fee will increase to $1,450, and we will charge an additional $450 as a non-refundable review fee that will be paid regardless of whether or not we issue the DS 2019. As is our current policy, if we deny your application and do not issue the DS 2019, we refund you all program fees ($1,450), insurance fees ($57/month per person), or the SEVIS fee ($180), but as of January 1, 2014 we will NOT refund the $450 application review fee.
We are also making several changes to the group insurance policy we offer to our J-1 participants and their dependents. Read the Insurance Group Policy Changes section below for more information.
Below is a summary of the different changes that will go into effect on January 1, 2014:
It's clear commonsense immigration reform is good for the economy as a whole. Don't take our word for it — study after study has shown that commonsense immigration reform will strengthen the economy, spur innovation, reduce the deficit and increase US trade and exports.
The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural 2012 “Change in Motion” Multimedia Contest. The competition challenges young adults to explore the role that immigration plays in their lives and communities.The program allows young filmmakers and artists to create projects which focus on celebrating America as a nation of immigrants and explore the impact immigration has on our everyday lives.The contest is sponsored, in part, by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The American Immigration Council is proud to sponsor the annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. The contest inspires educators to bring U.S. Immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explore America as a nation of immigrants.
Do you have questions about deferred action. Use this resource from NILC before applying. Please seek the advice of an immigration attorney should you have ANY questions go to to find an immigration attorney http://www.ailalawyer.com/. Beware of scam artists and any body who promises fast processing or guaranteed acceptance.
Words Have No Borders: Student Voices on Immigration, Language and Culture
This publication from the College Board’s National Commission on Writing, records the powerful voices and experiences of these students: They describe where they came from and why they came, what they encountered, and their hopes for the future.
But underlying all these stories is an unmistakable current of hope, courage and hard work, clearly illustrating that, as in the past, these students are among our nation’s greatest assets. As you read their words, you will be given a sense of optimism and inspiration, so important to all of us in these challenging times. Read more...
MIPEX is a fully interactive tool and reference guide to assess, compare and improve integration policy.Using 148 policy indicators MIPEX creates a rich, multi-dimensional picture of migrants’ opportunities to participate in society by assessing governments’ commitment to integration. By measuring policies and their implementation it reveals whether all residents are guaranteed equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities.
What can you do with it?
• Analyse seven policy areas which shape a legally resident third-countrynational’s journey to full citizenship. • Examine how policies compare against the standard of equal rights and responsibilities for migrants. • Find out how your country’s policies rank compared with other countries. • Track if policies are getting better or worse over time. • Dig into real examples of how to improve policies. • Use it to design and assess new laws and proposals on an on-going basis.
Author: Introduction by Laura Danielson and Stephen Yale-Loehr, Stories by Saundra Amrhein, Photographs by Ariana Lindquist
The American Immigration Council is proud to support the publication of Green Card Stories. Green Card Stories (due to be printed in November 2011) is an incredible tribute to the diverse backgrounds that make up our immigrant population in America today. The American Immigration Council’s mission is to “strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history by shaping how Americans think about and act towards immigration now and in the future” and we can’t think of a better way to further our mission than through this beautiful and touching book.
Not only can you pre-order books for yourself, your office, family members, clients, etc. you can also pre-order a book to donate to your local school, library or community center or you can donate a book to one of the Council’s designated “hot spots” where education on immigration is needed most. Could your Member of Congress use a thank you or a gentle reminder of who our immigrant population is? Donate a copy of Green Card Stories to a Congressional office. All donated books will be delivered free of charge with a note indicating your generous gift.
To get a preview of the book, check out this slideshow.
The New Kids is specifically set in Brooklyn, New York at the International School at Prospect Heights. Yet, the reader travels around the world through Hauser’s retelling of certain students’ lives. The students at Prospect Heights are as different as day and night, but they all have something in common: they’re recent immigrants to the US who couldn’t receive an education anywhere else. This book explores the hardships of a select few of these students’ lives and gives the reader a more comprehensive understanding about immigration. This book allows the reader to understand the horrid and repressive conditions that people face in some countries. Hauser shows the reader what people do to obtain freedom.