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International Visitor Program

The US Forest Service International Visitor Program (IVP) facilitates a variety of educational and cultural exchange programs.  These exchange programs advance scientific exchanges and promote international cooperation. 

International researchers, technical specialists, students, NGO partners, and government officials participate in short study tours, meetings, conferences, workshops, ongoing research projects and technical consultations with US Forest Service staff, other USDA agencies and researchers, higher education institutions, and hosting communities.
Program Design
J-1 Visas
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Exchange Visitor Program Orientations
Required J-1 Program Monitoring and Reporting

Please explore our website or contact a USFS IVP Specialist to learn more about our services and our role as a sponsor of the U.S. Department of State J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

To apply, you will need to complete and submit the following documents:

Completed by the Host:

Provided by the Visitor:

  • International Visitor Application (or appropriate application from another USDA agency)
  • Form ARS230 (USDA Non-Citizen Data Sheet)
  • Resume/CV
  • Copies of transcripts or degrees (students/short-term scholars/ interns)
  • Copy of Passport photo/biodata page
  • Proof of outside or personal funding that will be used to support the program
  • Copies of all documents for accompanying spouse/children
  • Copy of any prior J-1 Visas in Passport, if applicable
  • Proof of Health/Accident Insurance meeting J-1 program requirements (if not purchased by IVP)

Click here for more information on How to Apply.

A note on visas:
Some program participants are required to obtain a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa. Students holding F-1 visas with permission to participate in a period of Optional or Curricular Practical Training are also eligible for certain programs. For visitors coming for the sole purpose of attending meetings or conferences, a B-1 visa may be appropriate. An IVP Specialist will help hosts and visitors determine the most appropriate visa classification for a particular program based on the program activities, length of stay and funding sources. 

The US Forest Service is authorized by the US Department of State to serve as an official sponsor of International Exchange Visitor (J-1) Programs.  The objective of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.” [Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act of 1961)]. 

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is very unique and has many special rules that regulate participation.  Hosting units and international visitors should thoroughly review and understand the Exchange Visitor Program Categories and Program Regulations. Please review all information provided on this website and the materials provided to you by an IVP Program Specialist.  

> If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Brenda Dean , International Visitor Program Coordinator, Responsible Officer, (202) 644-4640,
  • Rima Eid, International Visitor Program Specialist, Alternate Responsible Officer, (202)644-4642,
  • Kristin Corcoran, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4643,
  • Misty Sidhu, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4645,
  • Lee Blaser, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4631,
> Click here and read about latest activities and news of the International Visitor Program.

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