ESU First in Pennsylvania to Offer Innovative New J-1 Visa Program to Attract International Business to Region

East Stroudsbourg University (ESU) will offer a newly expanded J-1 Visa that allows not only visiting scholars and researchers, but also international entrepreneurs to come to the United States for up to five years to develop new businesses.

“I can’t overstate the significance of this program,” says Jonathan A. Grode, U.S. practice director with the Philadelphia-based immigration law firm of Green and Spiegel LLC and a board member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, who provided pro bono services for the visa application process. “Creation of a new application for the J-1 Visa is filling a significant shortage.” Grode notes that there were 233,000 petitions filed for just 85,000 H-1B Visas available for 2016.

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