FACC Exchange Visitor Program Updates- COVID-19

Chapter News | March 12, 2020

Last updated March 23rd, 12 PM EST. 

Dear Exchange Visitors, American Outbound participants, Host Companies and Partners, 

***Please note that as of 3/13, the FACC team is working remotely until further notice. Our Broadway office will be closed to visitors during this time. For all questions related to the Exchange Visitor program or American Outbound, please contact your account manager. For general inquiries, contact coordinator@faccnyc.org.

  • For FAQ's for all Exchange Visitors, please refer to this article. 
  • For VIEs whose mission ends in March, April or May, please note the latest guidance communicated by Business France and contact your Business France North America Correspondent. > Click here
  • For French nationals, please note, as of 23 March, Air France will be cancelling a significant portion of their flight schedule worldwide. View flash-info on adjusting your travel plans, rebook with Air France.
  • For American Outbound Participants: Due to Coronavirus COVID-19, the borders at the entry of the European Union and Schengen area are closed. Therefore, the French consular services in the United States have received instructions to stop issuing visas until further notice. View more information on the website of the French Consulate in New York.

The French American Chamber of Commerce-New York (FACC-NY) is proactively working with all Exchange Visitors and host companies to provide adequate support and measures to ensure the well-being of all participants. In light of recent developments regarding travel, the FACC-NY would like to communicate the following:

Exchange Visitors not yet in the United States (program has not begun):

  • For all March, April and May start dates - The FACC-NY will be in touch with you and your host company to postpone your program until June. Please be on the look-out for an email from your assigned FACC-NY account manager with details.
  • For start dates in June or later - There is currently no change. If you or your host company decide to postpone further, please contact the FACC-NY.
  • The Embassy will contact you if there are any changes in your appointment.
  • Please address any specific questions to your assigned account manager.

Exchange Visitors currently on their program in the United States:

  • Due to the current travel restrictions, the FACC-NY would strongly recommend reconsidering any international travel within the next 30 days.
  • We recommend that all Exchange Visitors follow the guidance given by their host companies. This includes recommendations to work from home while the host office may be closed. Please note that you and your supervisor must continue to have regular contact and that you should continue to follow your training plan.
  • If you are currently abroad (e.g. for vacation) and are not able to return before the restrictions go into effect, we understand you may be worried about your J-1 status. No guidance has been provided to the FACC at this time, but we will continue to keep you posted as we learn more. 
  • Please address any specific questions to your assigned account manager.

Host companies in the Unites States:

  • We advise all Exchange Visitors to follow all guidance from their host companies regarding this evolving situation. This includes working from home while the office may be closed. Please remember that the supervisor and the Exchange Visitor must remain in regular contact, the Exchange Visitor must still be supervised, and that the training plan (DS-7002) must still be followed.
  • Please address any specific questions to your assigned account manager.

We will continue to provide you with any information we receive. Please continue to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State for all updated travel advisories. Thank you for your patience as we work to assist all our Exchange Visitors and answer all incoming inquiries.


 

The health, safety, and well-being of our Exchange Visitors continues to be our top priority. The French-American Chamber of Commerce-New York (FACC-NY) is closely monitoring the global impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as well as the communications from our city, state, and federal agency partners.

Effects on travel:

Please be aware that some countries are imposing travel restrictions that could impact programs that have no direct connection to locations with COVID-19 cases. Please continue to review not only flights, but also travel rules for admission or transit through a country.

All travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Should new rules be created during transit and participants are affected, please contact the FACC-NY immediately. 

You can find more information at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State. The World Health Organization is also an important source of information and recommendations.                

FACC-NY will continue to work closely with the U.S. Department of State to monitor the situation and provide support to all program participants.

Please follow the recommendations below with regard to prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses:

•             Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.

•             Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

•             Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•             Stay home when you are sick.

•             Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

•             Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work together to protect the health, safety and well-being of all Exchange Visitors.

This page will be updated with any further announcements.

For any questions related to Exchange Visitors or our International Career Development Programs Department, please contact coordinator@faccnyc.org

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