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STATE RIN: 1400-AD14 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Exchange Visitor Program--Summer Work Travel 

The Department of State (Department) published an initial interim final rule (IFR) with request for comment on April 26, 2011 (2011 IFR), to amend the regulatory requirements of the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. In a second interim final rule (2012 IFR) published May 11, 2012, the Department expanded upon and provided guidance on additional regulatory changes and bolstered portions of the regulations both to further protect the health, safety, and welfare of Summer Work Travel (SWT) Program participants, and to reinforce the cultural exchange aspects of the SWT Program to promote mutual understanding in accordance with the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The 2012 IFR further reinforces the cultural exchange aspect of the SWT Program through the addition of a cultural component, and provides additional protection to program participants by describing types of job placements that are appropriate and by expanding the list of jobs prohibited under the SWT Program. The Department has reviewed the comments submitted in response to the 2011 IFR and the 2012 IFR. The Department published an NPRM on January 12, 2017, with 45 days for comment. The NPRM also recognizes comments from the 2012 IFR. The NPRM aims to further protect the health, safety, and welfare of exchange visitors on the SWT Program, amends eligibility requirements for participation in the SWT Program, and places additional restrictions and requirements on sponsors implementing the SWT Program. The Department received 98 comment letters in response to the NPRM; it has analyzed all comments that were submitted. It is completing final rule provisions of the NPRM in response to comments received.

Agency: Department of State(STATE)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 22 CFR 62.32   
Legal Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.    8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(J)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  05/11/2012  77 FR 27593   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  07/10/2012 
NPRM  01/12/2017  82 FR 4120   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/27/2017 
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Nupp
Policy Analyst/Private Sector Exchange
Department of State
5th Floor, 2200 C Street NW,
Washington, DC 20522
Phone:202 632-9293
Fax:202 632-2701