Information for Camp Exchange USA Host Employers

On June 22, the White House issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending visa issuance for several categories of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP), including intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, and the summer work travel program. This order does not impact secondary student, research scholar, short-term scholar, specialist, and professor program categories.

This order also does not impact participants who are currently in the U.S., and they may continue with their programs as planned.  Prospective participants who are outside of the U.S. are still eligible to participate if they have a visa in hand. However, all applicants who do not yet have their visa will be unable to travel to the U.S. on a CIEE program until further notice.

We advise all participants to communicate directly with their International Representative with questions.

CIEE believes that international exchange prepares the next generation of leaders to work across cultures and tackle global crises, such as COVID-19, that require global cooperation on solutions. We are working to support efforts to restore normal visa issuance for J-1 programs as soon as possible.

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for below, please contact us at camp@ciee.org or 1-844-233-2467.


Summer 2020 Prospective Participants

CIEE is moving forward with Summer 2020 programming for all participants who have visas in hand as of June 22. We will only be permitting placements at select host employers who meet CIEE’s enhanced vetting measures.

Frequently Asked Questions

The below captures many of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and our most current guidance as your visa sponsor. These policies are based on the information available currently. CIEE continues to monitor the situation closely and will adjust the below guidance as needed to best ensure the health, safety and well-being of all parties involved.

CIEE has weathered chaotic events before and has always navigated a path through crisis with your partnership and support. We believe that the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program will be a critical public diplomacy tool for global recovery in the years ahead, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you in this efforts.

I HAVE DECIDED THAT I NEED TO CANCEL SOME OF OR ALL MY CIEE CAMP EXCHANGE USA PARTICIPANTS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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  • Please email us with this request at camp@ciee.org as soon as possible.
     
  • CIEE will process these cancellations for you and notify participants through their international representatives. We ask that you allow communicate cancellations to your participants and advise them to connect with their international representatives on the next steps.
     
  • We are aware that some host employers and participants who have needed to cancel their job placement(s) have expressed interest in deferring until Summer 2021. We are exploring how we can support and facilitate this.

WILL THERE BE DELAYS IN PARTICIPANT ARRIVALS?

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Yes, undoubtedly, many participants will be delayed in arriving to the workplace. We are closely monitoring delays but do not anticipate being able to give you specifics on delays for several weeks. These delays may be a result of several different factors including U.S. embassy closures, flight availability, and adjustments to university schedules.

ARE MY PARTICIPANTS STILL INTERESTED IN COMING ON THE PROGRAM? WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

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  • Like the uncertainty you are experiencing, participants are also in a holding pattern to see how the coming weeks unfold.
     
  • Each international representative has their own policy regarding cancellations. Please encourage all participants and their families to speak with their international representative regarding their concerns and to discuss their unique cancellation policy.
     
  • You will receive notification by email of any cancelled participants as soon as CIEE is notified.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A PARTICIPANT CONTRACTS COVID-19 WHILE ON PROGRAM?

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First, please assist the participant in seeking medical attention and notifying local health officials in accordance with your local and state guidelines. As the virus is easily spread from person-to-person, encourage the participant to have no physical contact and isolate themselves from others.

As always, inform CIEE immediately with any health and safety issues or concerns related to your Camp Exchange USA participant. For specific questions about medical coverage, please contact CIEE 1-888-268-6245.