US Embassy Denies Emigration Allegations

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"According to some allegations student exchange programs sponsored by the United States government are viewed as a means of emigration," a May 13 press release of the US embassy says. In connection with this–the embassy of the United States stated that almost all students who left for the US under student exchange programs returned to Armenia under the terms of visa that they were issued. The J-1 visa issued to students requires that a student should return to his home country after the program completion and stay there for at least two years.

"We do not deny that some time later a part of program participants who failed to find jobs or have no opportunity to continue their research are trying to seek for employment or continue training in other countries–mostly CIS–Europe–Canada–the US and Australia," the press release says. Although–"this fact is not always considered to be an emigration." According to the embassy–recently one young woman–who returned to the US to continue training–came back to Armenia after completing her studies there.

"The United States Information Service agrees that the return of program participants to their home land after the program is completed is rather important. To this end the Service has launched new programs for graduates encouraging them to stay and work in Armenia," the press release says. Also the US government has launched a small grant program for those graduates who returned to Armenia. This program allows graduates to receive gran’s and write a book–participate in different conferences–which are held in CIS countries–organize workshops or conduct research works in their homeland.

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