The student work and travel program, (J1) has become a part of university culture. Many students rely on the program to fund tuition and other living expenses. From the inception of the program no limit was placed on the number of times a student could travel on the program. This has changed. Laws passed by the State Department stipulates that a student can only engage the J1 program for a maximum of three (3) years. This is to facilitate transparency in the recruitment of exchange visitors.
At the University of Technology, Jamaica many of the programs are four years or more depending on the mode of attendance of a student. With the new restrictions placed on students they will have to work twice as hard to ensure that they complete courses within the stipulated time if they decide to go on the program. Students considering to further their studies are now faced with the option of applying for student loans or working alongside school. For some persons this can be unbearable as the pressures of school are many.