International Student Exchange Placement Organizations
To help protect student visitors, California requires anyone who regularly arranges the placement of foreign exchange students in California elementary, junior high and high schools to register with the Attorney General's Office prior to making the placement.
The registration requirement applies to any person, partnership, corporation or entity that within any five-year period arranges placement of foreign exchange students in kindergarten through grade 12.
To see if a student placement organization is registered in California, check the Registry List maintained by the Attorney General's Registry of International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations. The list is provided to all primary and secondary schools in California. Schools may require proof of registration as a condition to registering exchange visitors.
Registration under this program is valid for one year. Renewals must be submitted by January 15 of each calendar year in which the organization does business in California. Organizations that fail to renew their registration by the January 15 deadline will be removed from the registry and may not make student placements unless a new registration is processed. Registration forms are available for downloading and printing.
A person placing a student must provide detailed documents to the foreign students, host families and the host school. Placement organizations also are required to appoint a representative within California who will be responsible for supervising placements in the state.
See summary and the law, (Government Code section 12620 et seq.) known as the Uniform Supervision of International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations Act of 1994.