CFGI and SHRM: J-1 Visa Trainee and Intern Programs Provide “Long-Term Value”


August 30, 2017                                                              

CFGI Contact:            
John Bray
The Fratelli Group
(202) 822-9491

SHRM Contact:            
Kate Kennedy
(703) 535-6260

J-1 Visa Trainee and Intern Programs Provide “Long-Term Value”

CFGI and SHRM Call on Administration to Stand by Cultural Exchange

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In the wake of reports that the Trump Administration is considering significant changes to the J-1 visa program, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released the following statement:

“Many world business and political leaders first experienced America through an exchange program,” said Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director of CFGI. “These programs provide opportunities for foreign nationals to live and work alongside Americans, and conversely for U.S. citizens to go abroad. These short-term exchanges have long-term value, as they foster cross-border understanding and ties.”

“If we close our doors to this talent, America’s economic competitiveness will be hampered,” Shotwell added. “J-1 visas, especially the trainee and intern programs like the ones the U.S. Department of State has designated CFGI to sponsor for more than 35 years, help U.S. companies share our business practices and culture with their overseas employees who sell products and services globally. This creates more revenue right here in the United States.”

“SHRM and CFGI call on the Administration to reconsider these proposed changes, especially as they could affect J-1 trainees and interns,” said Mike Aitken, Vice President of Government Affairs of SHRM.

“These valuable programs foster connections that promote innovations and partnerships that help U.S. organizations grow America’s economy long after the J-1 trainees and interns return home,” Aitken continued. “American policies should support what’s working, and the J-1 program has produced benefits for U.S. organizations, the economy and our diplomatic efforts around the world for more than 55 years.”

For more than 35 years, the U.S. Department of State has designated CFGI as a sponsor of international trainee and intern experiences in the United States under the J-1 visa. You can download a short primer on the program on this page: You can learn more about the J-Visa programs we administer at


The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of leading multinational corporations, universities and research institutions committed to advancing the employment-based immigration of high-skilled professionals. CFGI bridges the public and private sectors to promote sensible, forward-thinking policies that foster innovation and job growth. Learn more about us at

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

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