DOS Raises Exchange Visitor Program Fees Effective June 13, 2013

May 14, 2013 Download pdf

 

78 Fed. Reg. 28137 (May 14, 2013)

New Exchange Visitor Program fees become effective on June 13, 2013, as follows:

Application Type Before June 13, 2013 On and after June 13, 2013 Difference
Designation/Redesignation $2,700 $3,982 +$1,282
Individual applications, i.e.:
  • extension beyond the maximum duration;
  • change of category;
  • reinstatement;
  • reinstatement-update SEVIS status;
  • ECFMG sponsorship authorization; and
  • permission to issue
 
$233 $367 +$134

This rule implements without change a proposed rule the Department of State (DOS) had published on January 30, 2013. NAFSA submitted comments on the proposal on March 28, 2013.

According to the final rule's supplementary information, these fees "fund services provided by the Exchange Visitor Program Office of Designation to more than 1,400 sponsor organizations and 300,000 Exchange Visitor Program participants." The supplementary information in the proposed rule also identified three DOS initiatives that will be supported by the fee hikes:

  • "Development of a Learning Management System (an expansion of the currently existing Local Coordinator Training Certification Module) needed to meet EVP local coordinator training requirements established in new or future EVP regulations."
  • "Development and implementation of the Designation Processing System, which consists of:
    • Robust electronic content management system for storing and reviewing new and historical sponsor files;
    • Electric file migration of all hard copy sponsor files; and
    • Complaint Management Workflow Module for tracking, managing, and reporting on all complaints and incidents reported to the Department (e.g., serious incidents reported by EVP sponsors and complaints reported by Exchange Visitors and any interested persons on behalf of Exchange Visitors or of a general nature)."
     
  • "Addition of a new Office of Private Sector Exchange Program Administration in the Office of Private Sector Exchange (ECA/EC) and the addition of four Full-time Equivalent employees (FTEs) in the ECA/EC Front Office."