SHRM Files Court Briefs in Support of J-1 Visa Programs

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer August 18, 2020
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​The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) filed twin amicus briefs in support of two lawsuits challenging orders from President Donald Trump that freeze access to new temporary work visas—including J-1 visas issued to interns, trainees or people on work-study summer programs—through the end of the year.

In the briefs, SHRM addresses the harm resulting from restricting new J-1 visas and highlights the positive impacts that cultural exchange program participants have on the U.S. economy.

"Restricting work visas and cultural exchange programs will place unnecessary economic burdens on companies and make it harder for organizations to access the talent they need," said Emily M. Dickens, SHRM corporate secretary, chief of staff and head of government affairs.

The briefs, prepared by Seyfarth, have over 100 signers including J-1 visa program sponsors, employers and hosts.

We've rounded up resources and articles from SHRM Online and other outlets to provide context.

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(SHRM Online)

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