Sec. 62.24 Teachers.
- Purpose. These regulations govern exchange visitors who teach
full-time in primary and secondary accredited educational institutions.
Programs under Sec. 62.24 promote the interchange of American
and foreign teachers in public and private schools and
the enhancement of mutual understanding between people of the
United States and other countries. They do so by providing foreign
teachers opportunities to teach in primary and secondary
accredited educational institutions in the United States, to
participate actively in cross-cultural activities with Americans
in schools and communities, and to return home ultimately
to share their experiences and their increased knowledge of
the United States. Such exchanges enable visitors to understand
better American culture, society, and teaching practices at
the primary and secondary levels, and enhance American knowledge
of foreign cultures, customs, and teaching approaches.
- Designation. The Agency may, in its discretion, designate
bona fide programs satisfying the objectives in section (a)
above as exchange visitor programs in the teacher category.
- Visitor eligibility. A foreign national shall be eligible
to participate in an exchange visitor program as a full-time
teacher if the individual:
- Meets the qualifications for teaching in primary or secondary schools in his or her country of nationality or last legal residence;
- Satisfies the standards of the U.S. state in which he or she will teach;
- Is of good reputation and character;
- Seeks to come to the United States for the purpose of full-time teaching at a primary or secondary accredited educational institution in the United States; and
- Has a minimum of three years of teaching or related professional
- Visitor selection. Sponsors shall adequately screen teachers
prior to accepting them for the program. Such screening, in
addition to the requirements of Sec. 62.10(a), shall include:
- Evaluating the qualifications of the foreign applicants to determine whether the criteria set forth in Sec. 62.24(c) are satisfied; and
- Securing references from colleagues and current or former
employers, attesting to the teachers' good reputation, character
and teaching skills.
- Teaching position. Prior to the issuance of the Form DS-2019,
the exchange visitor shall receive a written offer and accept
in writing of a teaching position from the primary or secondary
accredited educational institution in which he or she is to
teach. Such position shall be in compliance with any applicable
collective bargaining agreement, where one exists. The exchange
visitor's appointment to a position at a primary or secondary
accredited educational institution shall be temporary, even
if the teaching position is permanent.
- Program disclosure. Before the program begins, the sponsor
shall provide the teacher, in addition to what is required in
Sec. 62.10(b), with:
- Information on the length and location(s) of his or her exchange visitor program;
- A summary of the significant components of the program, including a written statement of the teaching requirements and related professional obligations; and
- A written statement which clearly states the compensation,
if any, to be paid to the teacher and any other financial
arrangements in regards to the exchange visitor program.
- Location of the exchange. The teacher shall participate in
an exchange visitor program at the primary or secondary accredited
educational institution(s) listed on his or her Form DS-2019
and at locations where the institution(s) are involved in official
school activities (e.g., school field trips and teacher training
- Duration of participation. The teacher shall be authorized to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program for the length of time necessary to complete the program, which shall not exceed three years.