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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 G. Kevin Saba

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange

G. Kevin Saba

G. Kevin Saba serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity, he oversees the Exchange Visitor Program, which brings around 300,000 foreign citizens to the United States annually to teach, study, and build skills. He is the Director for the Policy and Program Support Division in ECA’s Office of Private Sector Exchange.

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