UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
EXCHANGE VISITOR WAIVER REVIEW
The Attorney General of the United States is authorized to waive the residence requirement associated with an exchange visitor?s J-1 visa, upon the favorable recommendation of the United States information Agency and the request of an interested United States agency. The United States Department of Education (ED) serves as the United States agency in cases involving education and rehabilitative services.
The Secretary of Education has established the Exchange Visitor Waiver Review Board (Board) to act on behalf of ED. The Board reviews and evaluates applications submitted to ED. The Board evaluates each case solely on the information provided by the applicant. The applicant sustains the burden of establishing that a waiver is justified - in light of the applicable criteria.
The Board reviews applications only on matters involving education and rehabilitative services. The Board evaluates applications against the criteria listed below. The Board does not consider applications based on personal hardship, persecution or "no objection" of the home country: these matters should be directed to the United States Department of State.
Upon making its decision, the Board will notify each applicant and the exchange visitor. The Board forwards successful waiver applications to the Department of State for consideration, along with ED's request that the Department of State recommend a waiver of the J-1 visa residence requirement for the exchange visitor.
The applicant for a waiver is the exchange visitor?s employing educational institution or organization. Applicants requesting the United States Department of Education to recommend a waiver should use these guidelines.
The applicant must submit a completed, signed and dated application form OMB No. 1840-0500 (ED-L60-2P), a copy of which is attached hereto. The applicant should submit a narrative and documentation responding to the Criteria listed below. A checklist is attached to assist applicants.
Please submit an original and two copies of the application to:
|For regular mail delivery:||For courier delivery:|
|Executive Director||Executive Director|
|Exchange Visitor Waiver Reveiw Board||Exchange Visitor Waiver Reveiw Board|
|Office of Postsecondary Education||Office of Postsecondary Education|
|United States Department of Education||United States Department of Education|
|1990 K Street, NW||1990 K Street, NW|
|Room 8093||Room 8093|
|Washington, D.C. 20006-8540||Washington, D.C. 20006-8540|
For additional information, contact the Board's Executive Director by phone at (202) 502-7817 or by E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board evaluates each application on the basis of the evidence presented by the applicant for each of the three criteria. The applicant should submit documentation evidencing that the exchange visitor?s work meets the three criteria, set forth below.
Note: the Secretary's priorities and goals can be viewed on the ED web site (www.ed.gov), and are reflected in ED's strategic plans and governing statutes.
(Note: Include both evidence of the applicant's long range plans for the exchange visitor and the exchange visitor's long-term commitment to the applicant.)
The applicant should provide the following information:
APPLICATION FORM OMB No. 1840-0500 (ED-L6O-2P) ATTACHED
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This page last updated June 30, 2000. (pws)