[Federal Register: September 5, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 172)] [Rules and Regulations] UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY 22 CFR 514 Exchange Visitor Program AGENCY: United States Information Agency. ACTION: Final rule. ------------------------------------- SUMMARY: The Agency adopts as final and without change the interim final rule governing au pair program participation adopted June 27, 1997. DATES: This rule is effective September 5, 1997. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Exchange Visitor Program Services, Program Designation Branch, United States Information Agency, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington DC 20547; Telephone (202) 401-9810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency adopted an interim final rule governing au pair program participation on June 27, 1997 (62 FR 34632.) This interim final rule amended existing au pair program regulations adopted February 15, 1995 (60 FR 8547.) Specifically, the interim rule further defined the selection and screening requirements for au pair participants and required that participants actually attend rather than merely enroll for six hours of academic credit. Further, the number of hours that au pair may provide child care services was limited to no more than 10 hours per day and forty-five hours in any given week.
The Agency provided for a thirty day public comment period which ended July 27, 1997 and received forty-one comments. The Agency reviewed those comments and found that all comments received objected to the educational program component, the wage to be paid to the au pair participant, or the limitation on the number of hours an au pair participant may work. Due to the Agency's past review of these three specific areas of the au pair program, the Agency has determined that it is appropriate to adopt the interim final regulation as final and without modification notwithstanding these comments from interested members of the public. List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 514 Cultural exchange programs. Dated: August 29, 1997.
Les Jin, General Counsel. PART 514--EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM Accordingly, the interim rule amending 22 CFR part 514 which was published at 62 FR 34633 on June 27, 1997 is adopted as a final rule without change. [FR Doc. 97-23624 Filed 9-4-97; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8230-01-M