A June 27, 2002 Department of State (DOS) proposed rule would amend the participation in the Exchange Visitor Program as Professor and Research Scholar. The rule if adopted would extend the duration for program participation from three years to five years. These five years would include any time the exchange visitor spends outside the U.S. within their stay. It will also eliminate program extensions past the five years. DOS also proposes subjecting repeat program participation to a two-year bar. [67 Fed. Reg. 43264 (June 27, 2002)]