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IEC will not review new applications for J-1 sponsorship (September 1-7, 2014)
The IEC will not review applications during the first week of September (09/01/2013 - 09/07/2013).
New applications received during this week will not be looked at until September 9 at the earliest, and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Expedited applications received on or before 08/23 will be reviewed by 08/30. Non-Expedited applications received on or before 08/16 will be reviewed by 08/30. Staff will not be available to conduct Skype webcam interviews during the week of 09/01 - 09/07.
This crucial break during the first week of September will allow the International Exchange Center to conduct an internal review of our procedures in anticipation of some new changes that we hope will improve the programs we offer to J-1 Trainee/Intern participants, host organizations, and AILA attorneys who utilize our services.
Staff will not be available to make exceptions. Thank you for supporting us through this exciting transition!
-The International Exchange Center Staff