Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UPDATE - March 31, 2020

Due to the given uncertainty caused by the lack of available flights and ongoing travel restrictions, the Department of State and the American Immigration Council recommends that J1's, host organizations, and attorneys proactively reach out to the exchange visitor's respective embassy/consulate if they are unable to book a return flight home. A growing number of embassies are posting special communications on both their websites and social media pages for their exchange visitors to make contact with them.

PLEASE CHECK IN WITH YOU RESPECTIVE EMBASSY IN THE U.S. Remember to keep us informed regarding any plans to travel outside of the U.S.


UPDATE - March 16, 2020

In an attempt to help protect the health, safety, and welfare of J1 program participants and the American public, there will be a temporary pause of International Exchange Programs due to COVID-19. Based on guidance from the Department of State, we will be pausing programs for 60 dayseffective March 11th, 2020. We will keep you updated if anything changes. 


EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION - March 11, 2020

Please be advised that due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) the U.S. Department of State has implemented travel restrictions and policies to attempt to contain the spread within the United States and overseas.

We recommend closely monitoring the U.S. Department of State regarding country specific travel warnings, recommendations, as well as entry and exit requirements. If training plan dates for your program need to be adjusted, contact your case manager directly, email [email protected], or call us at 202-507-7532 for further instructions.

We urge you to reconsider traveling abroad at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas of the world are experiencing outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions, often without notice. If you have an emergency, please reach out to your case manager directly or email [email protected]. Please note that if you do have our signature authorizing international travel on your DS-2019, our signatures are valid for one year.

If you have any questions about your insurance coverage through IMG, please visit the Envisage Global Insurance site for updates.

Please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding recommended preventative measures to avoid exposure to this virus.