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Appendix 35-1 Visa Class Change for Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF) or Action Reconciliation Service for Peace [added 02-17-2006]
February 6, 2006
DIRECTORS, FIELD OPERATIONS
DIRECTOR, PRECLEARANCE OPERATIONS
Admissibility Requirements and Migration Control
Corrected Nonimmigrant Class - ASF
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been notified by the Department of State (DOS) regarding the proper nonimmigrant visa classification for German nationals who arrive in the United States to do volunteer work sponsored by the Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF) or Action Reconciliation Service for Peace. The main focus of ASF is to work together with survivors of the Holocaust. In the United States, volunteers take part in the programs of traditional pacifist churches, such as the Quakers
, the Mennonites, and the Brethren.
ASF has been classified as a voluntary service program. It is an organized project conducted by a recognized religious or nonprofit charitable organization to assist the poor or the needy or to further a religious or charitable cause. Over the past years, these volunteers were issued a J1 visa, however, upon review, DOS concluded that the correct visa classification is B1/B2.
Each U.S.-bound volunteer should be able to present an invitation letter from ASF that details their name, date and place of birth, German address, name and address of initial destination in the United States, and the anticipated duration of the assignment. DOS will annotate each volunteer’s visa with the name and address of the voluntary service program and the length of duration of the assignment. In addition, the notation “First Entry: volunteer service” will be added to the visa in order to assist th
e CBP primary officer in determining admissibility. If otherwise admissible, these volunteers should be admitted as B-1 visitors.
Paul M. Morris /s/