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April Encounter Culture: Important Regulations

Ever curious why your Account Manager is always reaching out to you? Below are some key reminders on important regulations that apply to host companies, particularly during this period of arrivals.

{62.32 – Summer Work Travel}

(f) Cultural exchange.
(1) Sponsors must ensure that all participants have opportunities to work alongside U.S. citizens and interact regularly with U.S. citizens to experience U.S. culture during the workday portion of their Summer Work Travel programs and

(2) Sponsors must ensure that all participants have opportunities to engage in cultural activities or events outside of work by planning, initializing, and carrying out events or other activities that provide participants’ exposure to U.S. culture.

(n) Vetting
(2) Sponsors must ensure that potential host employers are legitimate and reputable businesses by, at a minimum:
(i) Making direct contact in person or by telephone with potential employers to verify the business owners’ and/or managers’ names, telephone numbers, email addresses, street addresses, and professional activities;
(ii) Utilizing publicly available information, for example, but not limited to, state registries, advertisements, brochures, Web sites, and/or feedback from prior participants to confirm that all job offers have been made by viable business entities;
(iii) Obtaining potential host employers’ Employer Identification Numbers and copies of their current business licenses; and
(iv) Verifying the potential host employers’ Worker’s Compensation Insurance Policy or equivalent in each state where a participant will be placed or, if applicable, evidence of that state’s exemption from requirement of such coverage

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{62.22 – Trainees and Interns}

(2) Host organizations notify sponsors promptly of any concerns about, changes in, or deviations from T/IPPs during training and internship programs and contact sponsors immediately in the event of any emergency involving trainees or interns; (Especially if the supervisor changes)
(2) To further distinguish between bona fide training for trainees or work-based learning for interns, which are permitted, and unskilled or casual labor positions which are not, all T/IPPs must:
(i) State the specific goals and objectives of the training and internship program (for each phase or component, if applicable);
(ii) Detail the knowledge, skills, or techniques to be imparted to the trainee or intern (for each phase or component, if applicable); and
(iii) Describe the methods of performance evaluation and the supervision for each phase or component, if applicable.
For the full list of unskilled positions visit: Appendix E to Part 62

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