Comment on Proposed Revision to DS-3097 J Annual Report Form by April 10, 2017

February 24, 2017


The Department of State (DOS) has proposed a slight revision to Form DS 3097 - Annual Report J - Nonimmigrant Exchange Visitor Program. DOS will accept public comments on the planned revisions to the Annual Report form until April 10, 2017.

See the Federal Register notice for details on how to submit comments: 82 FR 9955 (February 8, 2017).

Looking at the current and proposed Form DS 3097 - J Exchange Visitor Program Annual Report

Comparison between current DS-3097 and proposed revisions

The current and proposed Form DS-3097 appear to be virtually identical, except for revised "special instructions" requesting that sponsors submit the annual report by e-mail, instead of in hard-copy.

Page one of the draft revised DS-3097 includes a new box containing the following text:

Special Instructions

Please submit Annual Reports by e-mail to the Office of Designation. E-mail addresses may be found at

Page two of the draft revised DS-3097 includes the following revised text:

Submission by e-mail is preferred, but hard copies in lieu of e-mail may be mailed to:

U.S. Department of State
Office of Designation
SA-44, 6th Floor
301 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20547

The nature of your comments

The Responsible Officer of a J exchange visitor program completes the annual report through SEVIS, prints and signs the DS-3097, and sends it to DOS with any required supporting documentation. When thinking about commenting, consider your own experience with the DS-3097 form and the Annual Report submission process. As with all agency "information collection" comment notices, DOS is interested in comments that will help it:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
  • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.