Response to Executive Order on Immigration Policy

UPDATE: On March 6, President Trump signed a revised Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” which revokes Executive Order 13769 and has an effective date of March 16, 2017. Please review the following websites for specific information and updates related to the executive order.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us for guidance and support.


To the Cultural Vistas community,

Last Friday evening, January 27, the President of the United States signed an executive order that restricts people from seven specific countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days. Due to the global nature of Cultural Vistas’ community, this executive order could disrupt the lives of several of our exchange program participants and hosts.

While this situation is fluid and many specifics remain uncertain, we are certain about our commitment to each of you. Cultural Vistas strives to embrace the benefits of diversity, inclusion, and respect for differing beliefs, and we work every day towards a world which is truly global and pluralistic in outlook.

We will pursue every means available to us to safeguard our exchange participants, to reinstate exchanges with the countries affected, and to create a welcoming America for all of our exchange visitors.

We have reached out directly to assist our exchange participants we believe to be adversely affected by the current executive order. If the legal implementation of the executive order changes, we will reach out at that time to those newly affected groups.

Cultural Vistas will continue to monitor and analyze the impact of the executive order, and will issue additional guidance as it becomes available.

Linda Boughton
Acting President & CEO