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Sep 1, 2017

J-1 Summer Work Travel Program in Danger of Elimination

According to multiple sources, including this Wall Street Journal article, we have heard that the US State Department  is planning to eliminate the J-1 Summer Work Travel (SWT) program. These summer exchange programs are vital to filling seasonal positions in Wisconsin's tourism areas that would otherwise not be filled with Wisconsin workers. Write your US Representative and Senators and urge them to voice their opposition to eliminating this important program. If eliminated, it will be a huge economic blow to hundreds of Wisconsin businesses that will be forced to dramatically reduce hours of operation due to a lack of employees, resulting in the shutdown of portions of their businesses, and ultimately, the laying-off of year-round Wisconsin employees due to lost revenue.