Government visitors must be:

  • Selected by a U.S. federal, state or local government agency;
  • Engaged in observation tours, discussions, consultations, professional meetings, conferences, workshops and travel; and
  • An influential or distinguished person.


Professional training: Participants consult, observe, train and demonstrate special skills on matters of shared interest.


Sponsors are U.S. federal, state and local government agencies. They must ensure that participants:

  • Are appropriately screened and selected;
  • Are selected by a U.S. federal, state or local government agency;
  • Are engaged in consultation, observation, training or demonstrating special skills;
  • Are an influential or distinguished person; and
  • Ensure participants have health insurance in place for the duration of the exchange program for themselves and their spouse or dependents, if any.
  • Before the program begins, the sponsor needs to provide:
    • Information on the length and location(s) of the participant’s exchange visitor program;
    • A summary of the significant components of the program; and
    • A written statement clearly stating the stipend, if any, to be paid to the government visitor.

More Information

Government Visitors cannot participate in the program beyond 18 months.