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A Few Things to Know About Our J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program

Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 9:20 am.


J-1 exchange visitors jump for joy in the Nation’s capital

This week, I wrote a State Department blog outlining a few things you should know about the J-1 Visa program, in hope of reaching a larger audience. While the program is well known abroad and to the readers of Route J-1, many Americans are unaware of the amazing work being done by J-1 participants.

So, how much do you know about our J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program? Check out the full blog for answers to these questions and more:

  • How likely is it that an American has been impacted by the J-1 program?
  • Why do international students tell us they come on J-1 programs?
  • What impact does this program have on U.S. communities?


As you know, our goal is to ensure that participants have the most meaningful and enjoyable experiences possible.  Participation in the EVP is often a dream experience – and it is our job to make the program the best it can be.

I am proud of the work that my staff, sponsors, and host businesses and families are doing to make J-1 even more of a success. Thank you for your hard work, and I’ll leave you with this quote from a recent White House report, excerpted in the blog: “This initiative has helped further promote and document the value of the exchange program; the exchange experience as an important part of participants’ lives; the benefit of exchange programs to American communities and the economy; and the quality of programming.”

Categories: J-1 Visa, Participants, Program Spotlight

About Rebecca Pasini

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange

Rebecca Pasini

Rebecca A. Pasini joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchanges in July 2023. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister - Counselor, Ms. Pasini has been an American diplomat since 1997.

Ms. Pasini previously served as the Director of Public and Congressional Affairs in the Bureau of Consular Affairs from 2021-2023. Other Washington assignments have included positions in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the Office of Foreign Missions, and as a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security. She has also completed multiple overseas tours, including as Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan, and as the Consular Chief in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other tours included Mexico City and Kuwait.

A Maryland native, Ms. Pasini has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, a master’s degree in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, and an undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College.