[Federal Register Volume 89, Number 77 (Friday, April 19, 2024)]

[Notices]

[Page 28839]

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

[FR Doc No: 2024-08410]

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice: 12379]

Exchange Visitor Program

ACTION: Notice of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the

Government of the United States and the Government of Japan and waiver

of a regulatory requirement.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Exchange Visitor

Program regulations, the Assistant Secretary for Educational and

Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, has waived a

regulatory provision to establish an international exchange program to

promote closer cooperation between the people of Japan and the people

of the United States. The program authorizes an exception under the

Specialist category regulations to permit Japanese language and culture

specialists to stay up to 36 months in the United States on a J-1 visa.

DATES: This action was effective on April 5, 2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Pasini, Deputy Assistant

Secretary for Private Sector Exchange at 2200 C Street NW, SA-5, 5th

Floor, Washington, DC 20522 via telephone: (202) 826-4364, or via

email: JExchanges@state.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States and Japan have established

a new program in accordance with existing Exchange Visitor Program

regulations (22 CFR part 62), including regulations applying to the

Specialist category (22 CFR 62.26). Through the program, the United

States supports the purposes of the Fulbright-Hayes Act by facilitating

the exchange of Japanese language and culture specialists to observe

U.S. institutions and methods of practice in their educational fields

and to share their specialized knowledge of Japanese education with

their U.S. colleagues. The Japan Specialist Program will expand

educational and cultural exchange opportunities between the people of

the United States and Japan, promote the interchange of knowledge and

skills among foreign and U.S. specialists, and foster long-term mutual

understanding and international cooperation with U.S. communities

across the United States. The MOC will authorize an exception under the

Specialist category of the Exchange Visitor Program regulations to

permit qualifying Japanese specialists to conduct their programs for up

to 36 months in the United States on a J-1 visa.

During their program, exchange visitors from Japan will share their

specialized knowledge of Japanese language and education in the United

States at community based, non-profit organizations, U.S. Government

offices, secondary schools, or post-secondary academic institutions

offering Japanese, and similar types of institutions to increase U.S.

local communities' understanding of Japan, its culture, and language.

Selected experts in Japanese culture and language will gain a better

understanding of U.S. culture and society and promote mutual enrichment

by enhancing U.S. knowledge of Japanese culture, language, and

educational systems.

Consistent with this program, the Assistant Secretary for

Educational and Cultural Affairs waives certain provisions set forth in

22 CFR 62.26. Regulations at 22 CFR 62.26(i) provide that specialists

shall be authorized to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program for

the length of time necessary to complete the program, which shall not

exceed one year. Accordingly, the Department waives subsection (i) of

22 CFR 62.26 with respect to this program to allow participants to

conduct their programs for up to 36 months.

Lee A. Satterfield,

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,

Department of State.

[FR Doc. 2024-08410 Filed 4-18-24; 8:45 am]

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