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Foreign Student Registration

Jordan School District welcomes foreign exchange students who are issued a J-1 Visa from immigration who have entered the United States for up to one year for a cultural and educational experience, and whose placement is approved by the Jordan School District Board of Education and the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).

The Utah State Board of Education establishes quotas regarding the number of foreign students each secondary school may accept. CSIET organizations submit student applications to Planning and Student Services, and when an application is accepted, the student is placed in a host family’s boundary school (or non-boundary school if a permit is approved by the desired school). Applications are accepted from host families that reside in Jordan School District only.

Jordan School District is not currently a designated district to issue I-20’s (F-1 visa) and is unable to place F-1 foreign exchange students.

Non-Immigrant Visitor: In most cases, a child dependent visa status (a child who accompanies a principal visa holder to the United States) is allowed to attend K-12 school.  The student must still abide by the rules governing his/her non-immigrant status, and may not extend his/her stay for the purpose of finishing the school year.  Students in the United States with a “visitor” or “tourist” status are not eligible to attend a Jordan School District school.

All foreign students on a visa will need to obtain a “Verification of Guardianship” prior to registration at the local school. This form is available at the Planning and Enrollment Department of Student Services, Jordan School District, 7387 S Campus View Drive, West Jordan.  The following documents are required to obtain a “Verification of Guardianship”:

    • Visa
    • Birth Certificate
    • Immunization Records
    • Proof of Residency
    • Guardian Identification

Foreign students who have previously graduated from high school or equivalent, whose class has graduated, or who are not age-appropriate for the desired grade will not be eligible for enrollment.

The following resources are available for those interested in obtaining registration with the District as a foreign exchange student:

2021-22 Applications Updated February 19, 2021
Jordan School District anticipates accepting foreign exchange student applications for the 2021-22 school year. At the moment, however, no allocation has been made to the District by the Utah State Board of Education.

Several changes to District policy and procedure for foreign exchange student application and registration have been made for the 2021-22 school year. Agencies should carefully review the three documents linked above to ensure they are prepared to submit applications as incomplete applications will not be accepted.

We anticipate accepting foreign exchange student applications in April 2021. The submission form and details on the timeline will be posted in this space when details have been finalized.

Agencies may begin preparing to submit applications by emailing their CSIET certification and notarized Agency Assurances document to Donna Kolva.

Questions regarding foreign student registration? Please contact the Planning and Enrollment Department at 801-567-8259.