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Sponsorship Priority Policy
To best serve our excellent existing host organizations, we are implementing a priority policy regarding which applications will be considered for J-1 sponsorship.
New applications will be considered based on the following priorities:
First priority: Applications that have already been reserved for existing host sites and AILA members. For the remainder of 2012, no further applications are being added to the reserved list.
Second priority: Depending upon available space, excellent applications for programs at US organizations that have successfully hosted J-1 programs with the American Immigration Council in the past. Currently, space is available only in the event of cancellations from the reserved list.
Third priority: If space becomes available, excellent applications sent to the American Immigration Council via members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Currently, unless there are major policy changes at the Department of State, we do not anticipate additional space opening for new host organizations.
Due to the limited remaining allotment, only extremely strong applications for training and internship programs will be considered.
More information on our annual allotment is found on the Allotment Tip Sheet.
-The International Exchange Center Staff