Department of State Publishes Proposed Rule to Revise Exchange Visitor Program

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) just released a proposal to revise rules related to the Exchange Visitor Program. The proposed revision would include a ‘paper review,’ instead of a trial-type hearing, managed by three Review Offices. This review process would be streamlined and would, according to DOS, ensure the same level of due process for applicants.

In addition, the proposed regulation would amend current regulations that would call for program termination if there is a failure to file an annual management audit for the Exchange Visitor program. Finally, a change in the rule would provide for the termination or denial of redesignation for one class of programs, if DOS decides that that program is a compromise to the national security of the U.S. or does not further the public diplomacy mission of DOS.

Comments will be accepted by DOS for 60 days (from May 31, 2007). Submit comments by visiting regulations.gov/index.cfm or by emailing jexchanges@state.gov with the RIN #, “1400-AC29” in your subject line.

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