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IENA Update – COVID-19, Global Pandemic

 

This page will be update with news as we have it

COVID-19 Update 3/16/2020, 3:00pm

As predicted on Saturday, many US embassies around the world may be temporarily halting their non-immigrant visa interviews, such as the J-1 visa.

While this might seem to be unfortunate news, this was an expected short-term measure put in place to help limit large gatherings of people in combating the COVID-19 virus.

 

Please visit your country’s US Embassy for the most up to date information on their interview schedule for J1 exchange visitors. You can visit them here: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-US/countries_list/niv. It’s important to remember that this is a short term measure and the summer season will be moving forward.

 

COVID-19 Update 3/14/2020, 1:00pm

Like many of you around the world, we have been keeping a close eye on the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

We expect the Summer season to happen. It is full steam ahead at IENA for this summer.

The US administration has given a strong and robust response to the management of the virus and have taken steps to restrict travel from 28 countries in mainland Europe for 30 days, beginning Friday March 13th. In addition, the US Department of State have closed all programs funded by them (Our programs are not) and have requested no program participants enter the country before May 10th.  In addition certain embassys have been closed temporarily (Spain and Ireland for 2 weeks).  We expect more to follow suite.

IENA welcomes this move.  Social distancing and other measures should prove to curtail the spread of this virus.

Summer is still a few months away.  IENA will continue to work towards our later May and June arrivals. Recent developments in many countries will of course mean that we may all have to work to accommodate changes that may occur to original plans, but we are confident we can work through these challenging times.

Our participants’ safety is always our number one priority and IENA are constantly reviewing our procedures and processes.  Equally, we know that host employers will be putting stringent procedures in place to ensure their customers, campers and staff stay well and they remain operational.

This is a situation that is updated daily and we will continue to update you should anything arise.

Finally, for more information about COVID-19, look to the World Health Organization (WHO) web site at: https://www.who.int/.

As always, IENA is here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have