When it comes to the J-1 Visa Program, there are reasons for and against optimism says Door County Membership Director, Phil Berndt. After the pause on the J-1 Visa program was not extended earlier this year, hope grew that Door County businesses would get to fill their staffs with J-1 Visa students. Over fifty organizations, including Destination Door County, have petitioned for President Biden to direct the Department of State to immediately add J-1 cultural exchange applicants to the Department of State’s national interest priorities and to waive personal appearance for returned participants applying in the same category. Berndt shares that some countries have already started moving on J-1 appointments, creating careful optimism.
Area businesses are optimistic that more consulates will open interview slots. However, Berndt notes there are still hurdles to clear.
Berndt hopes that more interview slots in time for the Summer.