TraiNet and Visa Compliance System Support United States Agency for International Development

USAID Exchange Visitor Visa Compliance, TraiNet/VCS and ADS Training - New Dates Announced

USAID offers periodic training workshops on policies, procedures, and systems for Exchanges, Participant Training, and Visa Compliance, which are open to all USAID individuals and implementing partners; especially those who are stakeholders in the implementation of USAID Exchange Visitor or Participant Training activities. The sessions are offered free of charge and will be conducted either virtually or in-person at the USAID Washington Learning Center (WLC). The training workshops take place over two days and cover USAID participant training, Visa Compliance policies and best-practices (ADS 252 and ADS 253), and a hands-on tutorial of the TraiNet and Visa Compliance Systems.

If you are interested in attending one of these training sessions, please register your attendance with the TraiNet-VCS Helpdesk as space is limited. Any USAID staff who wish to register via USAID University to get ILTP credit must first confirm space availability with the TraiNet-VCS Helpdesk, then register via USAID University. Recently, a large number of individuals have signed up for training but, either cancel at the last minute or do not respond to our requests to confirm attendance. Please note that any cancellation within four working days, prior to the first day of training, or those that do not show up or attempt a VTC login will result in being excluded from being able to participate in the next three training classes that are scheduled.

Upcoming Dates in 2015

  • October 15-16 (Conducted in-person and virtually*, at the WLC)
  • December 3-4 (Conducted in-person and virtually*, at the WLC)

Upcoming Dates in 2016

  • February 18-19 (Conducted in-person and virtually*, at the WLC)
  • (* For Mission participants only at this time)

Training Notes

  • The sessions are free of charge for both in-person and virtual participation.
  • Participants should prepare their own printed copies of ADS 252, ADS 253, and the Complete Guide to USAID Visa Compliance Systems. These materials will be referenced in the training.
  • All TraiNet & VCS manuals and documents can be access here.

Topics covered by this course:

  • USAID's J-1 Visa Process
  • USAID's Automated Directive Systems Policies and Regulations:
    • ADS 252 - Visa Compliance for Exchange Visitors
    • ADS 253 - Participant Training for Capacity Development
  • Identification of an Exchange Visitor
  • How to document the arrival and departure of Exchange Visitors
  • Pitfalls of Non-Compliance with USAID, U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations
  • The importance of data entry and collection


Announcement Date: September 10, 2015