AFS-USA is designated by the U.S. Department of State to operate an Exchange Visitor Program for Secondary School Students in the United States. This designation allows AFS-USA to supply incoming participants with the appropriate documentation needed in order to obtain their visas to come to the U.S. AFS-USA participants enter the U.S. with a J-1 visa. This is the only visa that permits international students to attend U.S. high schools tuition free. Being a designated sponsor requires AFS-USA to adhere strictly to the federal regulations governing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program for secondary school students.
The 2018 Letters of Redesignation have not yet been released by the Department of State. In the meantime, please find the Letter of Good Standing issued by the DoS to AFS dated April 20, 2018 here.