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BridgeUSA Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa) allows FUSIA as a State-Department designated sponsor to bring qualified foreign nationals to intern or be trained in the United States.
Responsible and Alternate Responsible Officers (RO/AROs) are employees or officers appointed by the designated sponsor and approved by the Department of State to advise and assist exchange visitors and to carry out the duties outlined in CFR Part 22 62.11. Each designated sponsor has a Responsible Officer (RO) and at least one Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO) to administer BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) EVP programs.
• Familiar with BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) regulations
• Have a detailed knowledge of federal, state, and local laws pertaining to employment

• The main point of contact for J-1 program-related matters for participants and their hosts
• Screen and select eligible foreign nationals for participation in their BridgeUSA
• Develop and implement procedures to ensure that FUSIA complies with the federal regulations
• Control, issue, and sign Form DS-2019 (original) and Form DS-7002
• Administer exchange visitor programs
• Monitor, advise, and assist participants during their stay in the US
• Access SEVIS
• Advise and assist exchange visitors to facilitate the successful completion of their programs
• Conduct official communications with the DOS and DHS