Monday 25 June 2018

Donald Trump reveals plans to scrap the popular J-1 Visa if he gets into the White House

Donald Trump speaks during the controversial debate
Donald Trump speaks during the controversial debate
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

Sarah-Jane Murphy

If Donald Trump succeeds in becoming the 45th President of the USA it could spell the end of the J-1 Visa programme.

The potential Republican candidate has aired his views on current US immigration policies, and proposed some wide reaching changes.

“The J-1 visa jobs program for foreign youth will be terminated and replaced with a resume bank for inner city youth provided to all corporate subscribers to the J-1 visa program," he said.

Currently the J-1 Visa allows full-time third level students to enter the US on a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa.

Students are allowed to travel to the USA and work there legally for up to four months.

Under the Obama administration, strides have been made as regards immigration reform that could benefit the Irish living in America.

However, Obama seems to hold a very different view to Trump.

On St Patrick’s Day this year, President Obama said he and Taoiseach Enda Kenny shared the view that one of the great strengths of the US is its willingness to welcome new immigrants to its shores.

The current US President said that nobody has contributed more to the growth and dynamism of the US economy than Irish immigrants.

During his visit to the White House in March, Kenny confirmed he had discussed visa waivers that would allow illegal Irish immigrants to travel to and from Ireland and the US freely.

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