The 1997 Exchange Visitor Skills List governs J exchange visitors who acquired J status from March 17, 1997 - June 27, 2009.

Read the 1997 Exchange Visitor Skills List, published in the Federal Register at 62 FR 2448 (01/16/1997).

The DOS Exchange Visitor skills list contains the fields of specialized knowledge and skills needed in each foreign country, as determined by the governments of those countries.

The first portion of the skills list states the designated fields of specialized knowledge or skill. The second part lists each country and the fields it has specified as required. If an exchange visitor’s country is not listed, or if the country is listed but the exchange visitor’s particular skill is not listed, he or she is not subject to the home residence requirement based on the skills list.