ADS Chapter 252

Visa Compliance for Exchange Visitors

Functional Series 200 – Programming

Partial Revision Date: 08/25/2014
Responsible Office: E3
File Name: 252_082514


This chapter provides policy directives and required procedures related to visa compliance for foreign nationals who are traveling to the United States for any purpose, including Invitational Travel (see ADS 522.5.12) and Participant Training (see ADS 253), and are financed, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by USAID. With certain exceptions (see 252.3), these foreign nationals are considered Exchange Visitors (EVs). USAID-sponsored EVs enter the U.S. on the J-1 exchange visitor non-immigrant visa, unless determined otherwise by a U.S. consular officer.