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International Visitor Program

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Program Design: We assist with navigating the numerous regulations affecting international visitor participation in in USFS and USDA sponsored programs and provide guidance on visa types, payments and good practices for hosting.  

J-1 Visas Sponsorship: We evaluate international visitor candidate applications for program eligibility and issue Form DS-2019, the sponsorship document needed by visitors to apply for a J-1 visa.

Health Insurance: We offer special health and medical evacuation insurance plans and facilitate enrollment and payment of premiums. These plans meet and exceed all the State Department coverage requirements for J-1 visa holders.

Program Design
J-1 Visas
Health Insurance
Maintenance Allowance - Reimbursements
Exchange Visitor Program Orientations
Required J-1 Program Monitoring and Reporting

Debit Cards: We can provide international visitors with debit cards, which allow immediate access to funds provided for maintenance allowances and authorized reimbursements.

Exchange Visitor Program Orientations: We provide in-depth program orientation webinars covering J-1 program regulations, cultural adaptation and an introduction to US customs and culture. 

Required J-1 Program Monitoring and Reporting: We also provide ongoing support and assistance with immigration, personal adjustment and administrative matters related to international visitor program activities, dates and changes.  As an official J-1 Exchange Visitor Program sponsor, we maintain records and data in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and communicate as necessary with the US Departments of State and Homeland Security.


> If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Brenda Dean , International Visitor Program Coordinator, Responsible Officer, (202) 644-4640, bdean@fs.fed.us
  • Rima Eid, International Visitor Program Specialist, Alternate Responsible Officer, (202)644-4642, rimaeid@fs.fed.us
  • Kristin Corcoran, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4643, kacorcoran@fs.fed.us
  • Misty Sidhu, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4645, mksidhu@fs.fed.us
  • Lee Blaser, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4631, leeablaser@fs.fed.us

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