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Title: Inquiry on J1 Visa (Cultural Exchange)

Requested from CFO by H. Lagon at 05:24 PM on Mar 02, 2023.
Purpose: Cultural Exchange Inquiry
Date of Coverage: 03/01/2023 - 03/01/2023
Tracking no: #CFO-092899008632

Lagon 05:24 PM, Mar 02, 2023

We wish to ask for your much-needed advise regarding the offering of J1 “Cultural Exchange” option to our graduating college students. 

We have seen many private and public HEIs engaging on this with third-party agencies. They let their students attend orientations that offer them the choice to explore the possibility of having internship (sometimes named as cultural exchange) to private businesses abroad after their graduation. 

May we know if this scheme is a safe one especially on the part of our students and their parents? Thank you.

del Rosario 09:32 AM, Mar 06, 2023

March 6, 2023

Dear Herman Lagon,


Thank you for your request dated Mar 02, 2023 05:24:09 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your Request

You asked for Title: Inquiry on J1 Visa (Cultural Exchange).

Response to Request

As your queries involve the specifics of one of the agency's core services, we have forwarded the same, for proper action, to the Project Management Division (PMD) of the CFO.

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Commission on Filipinos Overseas

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