The Presidential Proclamation 10052 (PP10052) suspending J-1 Visas, which took effect on June 22, 2020, has not been extended by the Biden Administration and has expired on March 31, 2021.
This is a major win for the BridgeUSA (J-1) community, and a sign that we are on the correct path towards recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic!
What does this mean for current participants (Summer 2021)?
The expiration of PP10052 reinforces the fact that our participants can now officially apply for the J-1 Visa needed for your Summer Work & Travel USA 2021 programme without any cause for concern stemming from PP10052. Visa applicants who are not yet scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance of the United States Embassy of Kuala Lumpur. Accordingly, we will be assisting our current participants in securing consular appointments for their Summer Work & Travel USA 2021 programme.
What does this mean for future participants (i.e. Winter 2021 and beyond)?
Following this news, we are expecting to open registrations on schedule for the next available program intake for Work & Travel USA – Winter 2021 (Nov/Dec 2021 start date). Summer Work & Travel USA 2022 and Summer Camp Counsellor USA 2022 will open in September 2021 later this year.
Amid this ever-changing (albeit improving) COVID-19 pandemic and country-specific conditions, our team at Infinity Abroad is committed to updating our current and future participants on the latest relevant news and information.