Dear TCGIS Families,
Our visa agencies, the Amity Institute and the Center for International Career Development, appealed to us today to take action with regard to the following:
According to their message, senior White House staff are now embracing the idea to significantly restrict privately funded exchange programs as part of the Buy American, Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order implementation. While discussions initially focused on H visa programs (which would hurt our school as well), we understand those discussions have now broadened to also include interns and camp counselors. Should this come to pass, it would impact our work significantly.
TCGIS has been hosting German native-speaking interns since its founding. Each year we invite close to 25 individuals from German speaking countries to work and learn in our classrooms. Interns offer language and cultural skills that ensure quality instruction in our immersion setting. International staff are vital members of the TCGIS community and help us provide the innovative educational opportunity for our students and families promised in our mission statement.
According to the visa agencies, if this policy is implemented - which could happen as soon as
early September 2017 -
the school will be unable to invite international interns to join our school in the future.
for International Exchange
in Washington, D.C. and many of our partner organizations, like the Concordia Language Villages and other immersion schools, have been working on
critical next steps
. The most important thing we all can do
is contact our Congressional delegations.
It is a simple and automated process, and the Alliance for International Exchange has crafted a letter that you can just upload or also personalize. You are welcome to include additional information that you feel is important. However, some of the information that the Alliance has inserted in the standard letter is key to economic impact, even if it doesn't exclusively talk about the J-1 Intern visa.
If you wish to have a significant impact engaging politically and advocating for our school, you could do any or all of the following:
Please also consider forwarding and sharing this message with friends and family in other parts of the country in order to cover as many congressional districts as possible.
We thank you in advance for your time and effort. We hope to preserve a program which is at the core of our vision: "weltoffen denken und handeln (to act and think with a global mindset)".