Citing to a recent Wall Street Journal report, The Hill reported that the Trump Administration is considering curtailing certain foreign work exchange programs [link].1 The report specifically notes that the review includes some exchange programs that fall under the J1 exchange visitor program, including the summer work travel and au pair [see article] programs. The review was prompted by President Trump's “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order [see article].
It is unclear what changes, if any, will be made to specific work exchange programs. The Hill states that the review could lead to the elimination of programs such as the au pair program or the imposition of new requirements. However, it is important to note that for the time being, no changes have been made or recommended to exchange programs.
We will update the site with more information in the event that changes are announced.