Exchange Visitor Skills List Law and Legal Definition

The exchange visitor skills list is a list of specialized knowledge and skills that are deemed necessary for the development of an exchange visitor's home country.

It is used by Consular Officers to determine whether an exchange visitor applying for a J-visa is subject to the Immigration and Nationality Act. When a person agrees to participate in an Exchange Visitor Program and his/her skill is on that country’s Skills List, the applicant is subject to the two-year foreign residence (home-country physical presence) requirement.