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Global Engagement Texas A&M University Global Engagement
Published on 06/13/2023 10:19 AM

A June 9, 2023 BridgeUSA Guidance Directive ends ECA's temporary COVID-19 flexibilities for J-1 exchange visitors and programs effective July 1, 2023, but introduces new interpretations on hybrid or virtual work and learning. BridgeUSA is the J Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) office within the Department of State's (DOS) Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

More information about the new guidance can be found on the NAFSA website.

What this means:

  • J-1 Scholars, Professors, and Student Interns - starting July 1, 2023, may work or participate in their J program remotely no more than 40% of the time (i.e. - two days out of five). Instructions on reporting remote work to ISSS are here
  • J-1 Students
    • Students on Academic Training may also only work remotely no more than 40% of the time. Instructions on reporting remote work to ISSS are here
    • Students who start their J program on or after July 1, 2023, can only enroll in one online course per semester
    • Students who started their J program on or before June 30, 2023, can continue hybrid programs until the end of 2023.
      • On January 1, 2024, these students will also only be allowed to enroll in one online course per semester.
    • More information about distance and online courses can be found here