A teacher must:

  • Meet the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in their country of nationality or last legal residence;
  • Have a minimum of three years of teaching or related professional experience;
  • Satisfy the standards of the U.S. state in which they will teach;
  • Is of good reputation and character;
  • Be seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of full-time teaching at a primary or secondary accredited educational institution in the United States; and
  • Possess sufficient proficiency in English language to participate in his or her program.


Educational enrichment: Participants learn United States teaching methods while also bringing an international perspective to U.S. classrooms.

Program Sponsors

Sponsors are required to:

  • Screen and select qualified foreign teachers who can make a contribution to the education of students in the United States and who want to learn U.S. teaching methods; and
  • Sponsors monitor the visitor’s stay in the United States, ensure that they are performing their teaching responsibilities and ensure that they are involved in cross-cultural programs where they can learn about the United States and its people.

Sponsors must provide participants with the following information:

  • The duration and location/s of the participants’ program;
  • A summary of the significant components of the program, including a written statement of the teaching requirements and related professional obligations; and
  • A written statement that clearly indicates the compensation package to be provided to the exchange visitor teacher and any other financial arrangements relevant to the program.


Hosts/employers are required to:

  • Involve teachers in school and community activities; and
  • Monitor the performance of the teacher in the classroom and in carrying out his or her official responsibilities.