Years in the making, the Department of State published the 2009 Revised Exchange Visitor Skills List in the April 30, 2009 Federal Register. The skills list was last revised in 1997. The 2009 skills list became effective on June 28, 2009. It applies to exchange visitors who acquire J-1 status on or after June 28, 2009.
Read the 2009 Exchange Visitors Skills List, published in the Federal Register at 74 FR 20107 (April 30, 2009), effective June 28, 2009.
Impact of the 2009 Skills List
Use of CIP 2000 Codes
Prior skills lists have used a unique coding system since 1972. The 2009 skills list replaces the prior coding system with Classification of Instructional Programs Codes (CIP 2000), the same codes used by the SEVIS system.
Effect of Countries Removed From the Skills List in the 2009 Revision
A number of countries that were on the 1997 Skills List have been removed in the 2009 Skills List (see the table below for a list of countries that have been removed). DOS cable STATE 057336, 06/09 confirmed that when a country is removed from the skills list, an exchange visitor who had been subject to INA 212(e) on that basis is retroactively released from his or her 212(e) obligations (provided that he or she is not also subject on some basis other than the skills list). That cable also confirmed that retroactive release from 212(e) obligations is not available to exchange visitors when only a skill area is removed, but the country itself remains on the list.
The Exchange Visitor Skills List is a list of specialized knowledge and skills that a foreign country has deemed are necessary for the development of that country. A J-1 exchange visitor whose country of citizenship or last permanent residence has listed on the skills list the skill that the exchange visitor is coming to the United States to exercise, is subject to the INA 212(e) requirement to be physically present in that country for a period of two years following the visitor's exchange in the United States, before being eligible for an H or L visa or U.S. lawful permanent residence.
The skills list current at the time an exchange visitor acquires J status to begin a particular program determines whether he or she is subject to the two-year residence requirement on that basis. The 2009 skills list will apply to exchange visitors who acquire J-1 status on or after June 28, 2009.
The 1984 skills list applies to exchange visitors who acquired J-1 status prior to March 17, 1997. The 1997 skills list applies to exchange visitors who acquired J-1 status on or after March 17, 1997, but before June 28, 2009.
|Full List Of Countries on the 2009 Skills List (effective June 28, 2009)||New Countries on the 2009 List||Countries on the 1997 List that are not on the 2009 List|
- 2009 Exchange Visitor Skills List - Federal Register Notice - 74 FR 20107 (April 30, 2009)
- 1997 Exchange Visitor Skills List (PDF - 379 KB)
- 1984 Exchange Visitor Skills List (PDF - 305 KB)
- 1972 Exchange Visitor Skills List (PDF - 181 KB)