Sec. 514.29   Government visitors.
(a) Purpose. The government visitor category is for the exclusive
use of the U.S. federal, state, or local government agencies.
Programs under Sec. 514.29 are for foreign nationals who are
recognized as influential or distinguished persons, and are
selected by U.S. federal, state, or local government agencies to
participate in observation tours, discussions, consultation,
professional meetings, conferences, workshops, and travel.
These are people-to-people programs designed to enable government
visitors to better understand American culture and society, and
to contribute to enhanced American knowledge of foreign cultures.
The objective is to develop and strengthen professional and
personal ties between key foreign nationals and Americans and
American institutions. The government visitor programs are for
such persons as editors, business and professional persons,
government officials, and labor leaders.
(b) Designation. The Agency may, in its sole discretion,
designate as sponsors U.S. federal, state, and local government
agencies which offer foreign nationals the opportunity to
participate in people-to-people programs which promote the
purpose as set forth in (a) above.
(c) Selection. Sponsors shall adequately screen and select
prospective government visitors to determine compliance with Sec.
514.10(a) and the visitor eligibility requirements set forth
(d) Visitor eligibility. An individual participating in an
exchange visitor program as a government visitor shall be:
(1) Selected by a U.S. federal, state, and local government
(2) Engaged in consultation, observation, training, or
demonstration of special skills; and
(3) An influential or distinguished person.
(e) Program disclosure. Before the beginning of the program, the
sponsor shall provide the government visitor 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 government visitor.
(f) Issuance of Form IAP-66. The Form IAP-66 shall be issued only
after the government visitor has been selected by a U.S. federal,
state, or local government agency and accepted by the private
and/or public organization(s) with whom he or she will
participate in the exchange visitor program.
(g) Location of the exchange. The government visitor shall
participate in an exchange visitor program at the locations
listed on his or her Form IAP-66.
(h) Duration of participation. The government visitor shall be
authorized to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program for the
length of time necessary to complete the program, which shall not
exceed eighteen months.