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US: rumoured cuts to J-1 visa program

The Trump administration is reportedly floating cuts to the J-1 visa route that may see reductions in the number of people from overseas coming to the US for seasonal work and exchanges. This includes the summer work travel program and the au pair program.

France knocks US out of soft power top spot

The latest Soft Power 30 rankings have shown France’s ascent to the leading position knocking the US down to the third slot and reflecting a global preference for outward looking, business-friendly politics. The UK retained its second place position, but not without its global reputation taking a hit after the Brexit vote.