State Dept. Announces Revised Exchange Visitor Skills List
The Department of State (DOS) recently released a cable sent to the field in June 2009 announcing the revised 2009 J-1 Exchange Visitor Skills List. Exchange visitors who entered the U.S. on a J-1 visa before June 28, 2009, will continue to be governed by the 1997 Exchange Visitor Skills List, as amended, only if their country remains on the revised 2009 list. Exchange visitors whose countries were removed from the revised 2009 skills list are retroactively not subject to the two-year home residence requirement based on the Exchange Visitor Skills List, even if they entered the U.S. before the effective date.
- The DOS cable is available at this site.
- The revised list was published in the Federal Register as PDF.