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The State Department has published a revised Exchange Visitor Skills List in the April 30 issue of the Federal Register. The Skills List serves as the basis for making some J-1 visa holders subject to a two-year home country residence requirement. J-1 Exchange Visitors whose skills or fields of specialized knowledge appear on the Skills List will not be eligible to change to H or L temporary visa status or permanent residence until the two-year foreign residence requirement is satisfied or waived. The new list takes effect on June 28. Continue reading about this development in the Littler ASAP "State Department Publishes New Exchange Visitor Skills List," written by Debra Baker, Jorge R. Lopez, Ian R. MacDonald and David C. Whitlock.