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Immigration Law

AAO Adopted Decision: Matter of R-C-C-S-D- (Language Immersion School; Q-1 Program)

Matter of R-C-C-S-D-, Adopted Decision 2016-04 (AAO Oct. 24, 2016) - (1) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may designate a language immersion school as an international cultural exchange program, such that the school may petition for teachers to serve as Q-1 exchange visitors, if the school satisfies three regulatory requirements: (1) public access; (2) a cultural component; and (3) a work component tied to the cultural component. See section 101(a)(15)(Q) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act); 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(q)(3). (2) The school must demonstrate in the record the duration of the program. An approved Q-1 petition is valid for the length of the program or 15 months, whichever is shorter.

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