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International Visitor Program

OUR SERVICES: Program Design

Inviting international visitors to participate in special programs requires advanced planning. We ease the process by offering you important information about visas, payments or reimbursements, security clearances, and good practices to consider when inviting and hosting international visitors.  Contact an International Visitor Program Specialist  early in your planning process to assist with your planning. 

International visitors hosted by the US Forest Service and our official partners must have official invitations from the Forest Service and the appropriate visa for the particular activity.  In many cases, it is only appropriate for official visitors to enter the USA with a J-1 visa as a part of the Exchange Visitor program.  In limited cases, visitors may be able to apply for and be granted a B-1 visa for their official visit, which might be the case if they are only attending a short meeting and no US government funding will be used for the visit. 

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

Key factors in determining the appropriate visa classification for the international visitor includes the nature of a visitor’s activities (research, observation, seminar or meeting participation, etc.), the visitor’s professional profile, the source of funding (foreign government, US government, grants, other), the types of reimbursements or payments to be made to the visitor and the proposed length of stay. Having the appropriate visa and a record of this on file in International Programs is important for both the visitor and the US Forest Service. Even minor and inadvertent violations of Immigration, Labor and US Forest Service regulations can have serious and irreversible consequences. 

To initiate your planning process, contact an international Visitor Program Specialist for advice on the appropriate visa classification for your program and other useful tips in planning your program.

Helpful Information about visas and support services can be found in the following sections:

You can find other helpful planning tools in the How to Apply and Forms sections:

Next Service: J-1 Visas


> 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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