Review of US Student Visa program
United States, 22nd December: The US Student Visa Program is going to be reviewed shortly following alleged reports of misuse.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already ordered for an immediate review of the US J-1 Summer Work Travel Visa program.
Review ordered following abuse of US J-1 visa program—A thorough and a comprehensive review of the US J-1 visa program is needed to verify the truth behind the alleged misuse of the program by criminals for importing women to work as sex workers.
Several reports have highlighted that the mafia was using the J-1 Summer Work Travel visa program to sneak women hailing from Eastern European nations for working in New York strip clubs.
The US J-1 Summer Work Travel Visa program is normally used by businesses in the US to recruit foreign students to work on short-term and seasonal positions of jobs in the US. However, several international students cited several complaints with regard to work conditions after coming to the US under the US J-1 work visa program.
The review ordered by US Secretary of State Clinton to reaffirm faith of international students in the US J-1 Visa program while safeguarding the welfare and health of participants.
The immigration subcommittee of the US House Judiciary Committee has begun collected facts on the US J-1 visa program. Its not for the first time that the misuse has been alleged in the US J-1 visa program.
Earlier in 2010, foreigners coming under this program were made to work in slave-like conditions while one woman worker was raped and compelled to work as a nude dancer.
US J-1 Visa program—The US J-1 Summer Work Travel Visa program enables international students to come and work in the US for a maximum period of four months. The short-term and seasonal jobs require foreign students with US J-1 visa to work in resorts, hotels or restaurants.
The US J-1 Visa program was launched by the government way back in 1963 for helping college students from different nations to utilize their college breaks for living, travelling and working in the US.
Each year, the total number of US J-1 visas issued by the US immigration department for international students is fixed at 103,000.