International visitors must be:

  • Selected by the United States Department of State;
  • Engaged in consultation, observation, research, training or demonstration of special skills; and
  • A recognized or potential leader in a field of specialized knowledge or skill.


Cultural understanding: Recognized or potential foreign leaders participate in observation tours, discussions, consultations, professional meetings, conferences, workshops and travel as a way to better understand U.S. culture and society and contribute to a better knowledge of foreign cultures in the United States.

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The international visitor shall be authorized to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program for the length of time necessary to complete the program, which shall not exceed one year;

International Visitors are selected by the U.S. Department of State.


Sponsors are required to provide International Visitors with:

  • A summary of the significant components of the program.