J-1 Work Travel Visa

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Earlier this week, President Donald Trump suspended several temporary work visas through the end of the year, which could hurt the ski industry in the Mountain West.

 


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The J-1 visa program was intended to promote international understanding, hosting international workers for positions like camp counselors and au pairs. Hospitality workers make up a large percentage of visa holders, and Idaho's tourism industry relies on these folks for seasonal work. Our Twin Falls reporter Rachel Cohen fills in Idaho Matters on the work-travel visa program that's "essential" to Idaho tourism. 

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On a Saturday afternoon in December, Mariana Santini opened her locker in the basement of the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. It was her first week of work as a food runner. She greeted co-workers in Spanish, and then went upstairs to the lobby to begin her shift.