Manistee Area Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education recognizes the positive cultural benefits to the students, staff, and the community in meeting students from other countries and in having exchange visitor students as members of the student body of this Districtís high school(s).

Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) for Nonimmigrant Students with J-1 Visas

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to consider a request to admit an exchange visitor student who meets the United States Department of State (USDOS) requirements and applies for admission through a sponsoring organization, and determine whether or not that student should be accepted.

In accordance with Federal law, an exchange visitor student will be selected and sponsored by an organization that has been approved by the USDOS. The Board, pursuant to Federal law, requires the sponsoring agency to secure prior written acceptance of the Superintendent for the placement of an exchange visitor student in the District high school.

After written acceptance of school placement is secured, the sponsoring agency should issue the certificate of eligibility for J-1 Visas to the exchange visitor student who meets the criteria established in Federal law for participation in an EVP.

Pursuant to Federal law the sponsoring agency is also responsible for selecting a host family who resides in the District for each exchange visitor student.

Lastly, pursuant to Federal law, a sponsoring agency can place no more than five (5) exchange visitor students in the District high school.

However, with approval of the Superintendent a sponsoring agency may request, in writing, the placement of more than five (5) students in the high school.

All other nonimmigrant students with citizenship in countries other than the United States who seek to enroll in the Districtís schools are subject to State law and the Districtís policies regarding enrollment and, if applicable, tuition.

8 C.F.R. 214 et seq.
8 U.S.C. 1101 (Immigration Reform and Control Act)
M.C.L. 380.1147
1985 O.A.G. 6316
Plyer v Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982)

Revised 2/11/09
Revised 4/12/17

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