Private Sector Program Sponsors

The Office of Private Sector Exchange offers the following office descriptions and contact information to assist sponsors with the routing of questions, requests, and incident reports.

Office of Designation

The Office of Designation deals specifically with the following:

  • Reviewing designation and re-designation applications

  • Reviewing annual reports to acknowledge, assist, and to resolve sponsor’s issues or concerns to administer a successful program
  • Assisting sponsors with J-visa related inquiries and requests for change of category, extension, reinstatements, or permission to issue

  • Providing daily outreach to assist sponsors and to evaluate the effectiveness of program categories
  • Reviewing program requests:

* Adding officials

* Amendments

* DS-2019 allotments

* Other matters regarding program administration


Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration

The Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration (OPA) monitors and enforces full compliance with Department regulations and policies with a focus on exchange visitors’ health, safety, and well-being; and responds to complaints and incidents.

Sponsors must promptly (on or before the next business day) notify the Department of any investigations of an exchange visitor’s site of activity or any serious problem or controversy that could be expected to bring the Department of State, the Exchange Visitor Program, or the sponsor’s exchange visitor program into notoriety or disrepute, to include: [22 CFR 62.13(d)]

  • Potential litigation related to a sponsor’s exchange visitor program, in which the exchange visitor may be a named party

  • Death of an exchange visitor

  • Serious injury of an exchange visitor

  • Sexual abuse allegations

Exchange visitors or third parties may contact OPA to file a complaint.

Contact: or 1-866-283-9090 in case of an emergency.

Office of Designation Contact by Category


Alien Physician:

Au Pair:

Camp Counselor:


Secondary School:

Summer Work Travel:




OPA Contacts by Category


Au Pair:

Camp Counselor:


Secondary School:

Summer Work Travel:


Teacher and Physician: