My girlfriend is German and was supposed to start her J-1 traineeship on April 1st but the travel ban was put into place two weeks before she was due to fly out. We’ve been long distance for 18 months and were finally going to get to live together under one roof.
With that said, I’m not all that excited about this supposed new EO coming out that’s targeting H-1Bs and the OPT program. I guess it’s all speculation at this point but I’m honestly scared that the J-1 program could get pulled into the executive order.
There’s a ton of subclasses for the J1 and my partner is doing a traineeship. As part of the application process, a traineeship by definition can not be a role that your host company would have otherwise posted as a public facing job for US citizens to apply to. I say that because it give me hope that it wouldn’t be included in the EO, as J1s DO NOT take jobs away from Americans.
Anyone else in a similar position with a J1? Thoughts? I’m open to hearing anything at this point.
Oh yeah, my partner already had her visa issued (literally like 3 weeks before USCIS closes down) which I’m hoping will help us regardless of how things ultimately play out.