Published On: Wed, Sep 6th, 2017

The Visas of Thousands of Israelis to the U.S Are in Danger

Blow to thousands of Israelis: Trump will limit or cancel the J1 visa used by foreign nationals for work. Students and interns will no longer be able to enter the United States

 

 

If you plan to attend an American college soon or work at a camp in the US Jewish community, you may have to redesign:

The Trump government is about to limit and even cancel the use of the J1 visa, which is used every year by thousands of Israelis who want to study or work in the United States.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the administration is working to repeal or restrict the J1 visa to foreign nationals using it for work in the United States, in light of the presidential decree entitled “Buy American and Hire American.”

Some of the powers deriving from the decree are intended to allow reform of the visa system to protect the interests of American workers.

At the same time, only a few weeks ago, the administration amended the visa regulations to allow US consuls to refuse relocation requests that the diplomat believes are not in the interests of American workers.

The new restrictions will not apply to foreign nationals who are already studying in the US under the J1 visa.

In 2016, the US Embassy issued more than 4,700 J1 visas to Israel and a significant portion of the visas issued to Israelis (including many discharged soldiers) who attended Jewish summer camps throughout the United States.

The Jewish Agency is aware that if the visa is indeed limited or canceled, it will severely harm the summer camps of the communities. Today, 1,200 Israeli emissaries leave for the camps every summer.

Various agencies in the US are lobbying the White House and legislators to cancel the initiative, and may also harm thousands of Israelis who come to the United States for academic studies, vocational training programs, and advanced medical specialties.The White House is also considering canceling one of the biggest benefits of a visa – the ability of a spouse to join the visa holder to work almost without restrictions in the United States.

The White House is also considering canceling one of the biggest benefits of a visa – the ability of a spouse to join the visa holder to work almost without restrictions in the United States.

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