Email your IVP Specialist for review of the proposed activities, budget, services to be provided and the prospective visitor’s profile and immigration history to see that the visa type requested or recommended is appropriate.
If a B-1 visa is appropriate we advise the host unit to issue an official letter of invitation directly to the visitor. International Programs files copies of the official invitation letter and records the visit in the International Visitors database. The collection of this information enhances the Agency’s ability to respond or assist in an emergency. If special services were requested, such as insurance or a debit card, IVP will send appropriate documents to the host unit.
If a J-1 visa is appropriate, the IVP Specialist will proceed with the application review and processing. All proposed activities, services and visitor’s profile must fit the approved program categories and criteria for participation in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program as established by the Forest Service and U.S. Department of State. The program activity must be clearly linked to the goals and approved activities of the Forest Service which promote international exchange and the proposed funding must be adequate.
If an F-1 visa holder is requesting a period of practical training, the IVP Specialist will request additional documentation from the student’s Academic Advisor and the Designated School Official.