J-1 Alumni Impact Survey
Do the J-1 intern and trainee programs sponsored by the American Immigration Council produce a lasting and positive impacts on the lives of the J-1 visa holders? Do the J-1 visa holders leave with a lasting and positive impression of the United States? The responses from our alumni survey indicate an overwhelming “Yes.”
Survey results show that our alumni “Learned, Left and Leveraged” their experience in America.
- They learned from their host company sponsors and about American culture–20% arrived in the US with a very positive impression but 59% left with a very positive impression.
- The vast majority left when their visas ended—89% reported that they left the United States after the conclusion of their J-1 program.
- After returning home they leveraged their new skills into new jobs and expanded responsibilities—95% of the respondents reported that the J-1 training or internship has had an impact on their current career
Between 2007 and January 2011, approximately 1200 J-1 Interns and Trainees completed programs sponsored by the American Immigration Council. 678 were invited by e-mail to participant in the Alumni Impact Survey. 79 or 11.7% of those invited answered the survey and the results indicate that our J-1 Visa Program participants overwhelmingly report a positive experience with our program.
J-1 Interns and Trainees Go Home
Key results show that 89.3% left the United States after the conclusion of their J program. As sharing one’s positive experience with family, friends, and colleagues is an important goal of the exchange visitor visa, the result is a positive indicator that US Department of State objectives are being met.
Impressions of the United States Improve
The change in overall impression of the United States from before to after participating in the J-1 program is notable. Only 20% of the respondents reported having a very positive impression of the United States before participating on the J-1 program; 58.7% reported a very positive impression after participating. 12% reported having a negative or very negative impression of the United States before participating on a J-1 program; 2.7% reported having a negative impression after participating and no one reported a very negative impression.
The very positive impressions are not limited to the J-1s themselves. 64.3% of Trainees who brought their family as J-2 dependents reported that family members described their impressions of the United States at the end of the J program as very positive.
The J-1 Training or Internship had an Impact on Careers.
94.7% of the respondents agreed that the J-1 training or internship has had an impact on their careers. 70.7% strongly agreed. 89.3% reported that they maintained professional contact with Americans they met during their J-1 programs. Even more impressive is the 90.7% who have maintained personal/social contact with Americans they met during their J-1 programs.
From the words of one of the respondents, “I found people not like those we see in tv.politics and citizens are not the same. Because before I came to the US, I use to see it in news in Iraq so taught that all Americans are that way, but thanks God I didn’t die with that idea in my head.”
Satisfied with the Support from the American Immigration Council
97.3% of the respondents reported they either agreed or strongly agreed that the American Immigration Council was helpful throughout their J-1 experience.
Practice Advisory: New J-1 Visa Program Initiative with Mexico
The American Immigration Council has been invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the new J-1 Visa Program Initiative with Mexico.
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