Changing Categories

The Exchange Visitor Program may, at its discretion, allow an Exchange Visitor to change category of exchange participation.

Any change in category must be consistent with and closely related to the participant's original exchange objective. It will be necessary to prove that the requested change is due to unusual or exceptional circumstances.

Requests for category changes, along with supporting justification, must be submitted to the Exchange Visitor staff at the Department of State by the participant's sponsor.

Category change approvals are very rare. Contact OISS for further information.