Sec. 514.26   Specialists.
(a) Introduction. These regulations govern experts in a field of
specialized knowledge or skill coming to the United States for
observing, consulting, or demonstrating special skills, except:
(1) Research scholars and professors, who are governed by
regulations set forth at Sec. 514.20;
(2) Short-term scholars, who are governed by regulations set
forth at Sec. 514.21; and
(3) Alien physicians in graduate medical education or training,
who are governed by regulations set forth in Sec. 514.27.
(b) Purpose. The Exchange Visitor Program promotes the
interchange of knowledge and skills among foreign and American
specialists, who are defined as experts in a field of specialized
knowledge or skills, and who visit the United States for the
purpose of observing, consulting, or demonstrating their special
skills. It does so by providing foreign specialists the
opportunity to observe American institutions and methods of
practice in their professional fields, and to share their
specialized knowledge with their American colleagues. The
exchange of specialists promotes mutual enrichment, and furthers
linkages among scientific institutions, government agencies,
museums, corporations, libraries, and similar types of
institutions. Such exchanges also enable visitors to better
understand American culture and society and enhance American
knowledge of foreign cultures and skills. This category is
intended for exchanges with experts in such areas, for example,
as mass media communication, environmental science, youth
leadership, international educational exchange, museum
exhibitions, labor law, public administration, and library
science. This category is not intended for experts covered by the
exchange visitor categories listed in Sec. 514.26(a) (1) through
(3) of this section.
(c) Designation. The Agency may, in its discretion, designate
bona fide programs satisfying the objectives in section (b) above
as an exchange visitor program in the specialist category.
(d) Visitor eligibility. A foreign national shall be eligible to
participate in an exchange visitor program as a specialist if the
individual:
(1) Is an expert in a field of specialized knowledge or skill;
(2) Seeks to travel to the United States for the purpose of
observing, consulting, or demonstrating his or her special
knowledge or skills; and
(3) Does not fill a permanent or long-term position of employment
while in the United States.
(e) Visitor selection. Sponsors shall adequately screen and
select specialists prior to accepting them for the program,
providing a formal selection process, including at a minimum:
(1) Evaluation of the qualifications of foreign nationals to
determine whether they meet the definition of specialist as set
forth in Sec. 514.4(g);
and 
(2) Screening foreign nationals to ensure that the requirements
of Sec. 514.10(a) are satisfied.
(f) Program disclosure. Before the program begins, the sponsor
shall provide the specialist, in addition to what is required in
Sec. 514.10(b), with:
(1) Information on the length and location(s) of his or her
exchange visitor program;
(2) A summary of the significant components of the program; and
(3) A written statement which clearly states the stipend, if any,
to be paid to the specialist.
(g) Issuance of Form IAP-66. The Form IAP-66 shall be issued only
after the specialist has been accepted by the organization(s)
with which he or she will participate in an exchange visitor
program.
(h) Location of the exchange. The specialist shall participate in
an exchange visitor program at the location(s) listed on his or
her Form IAP-66.
(i) Duration of participation. The specialist 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.