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DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY
MEMORANDUM FOR :
DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR DEFENSE EXPORTS AND COOPERATION
DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
COMMANDER, U.S. AFRICA COMMAND, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY PLANS AND PROGRAMS
COMMANDER, U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND, CHIEF, SECURITY COOPERATION DIVISION
COMMANDER, U.S. EUROPEAN COMMAND, POLICY, STRATEGY, PARTNERING, & RESOURCES
COMMANDER, U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND, DIRECTOR OF PLANS, POLICY, & STRATEGY
COMMANDER, U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING, EXERCISE, AND ENGAGEMENT
COMMANDER, U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND, DIRECTOR FOR LOGISTICS, ENGINEERING, & SECURITY ASSISTANCE
Revision of Student and Dependent Employment Policy in Chapter 10, Section C10.10.6., of the Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM), DSCA Policy 10-72, [SAMM E-Change 175]
This memorandum revises Chapter 10, Section C10.10.6., of the SAMM, as shown in the attachment.
SAMM section C10.10.6. states that "International students and their alien dependents are not permitted to hold employment during their stay in the United States." This statement is potentially in conflict with the terms in bilateral reciprocal work agreements that the U.S. has with foreign countries.
Bilateral reciprocal work agreements establish mutual rights to work for dependents of each country's government employees, civilian and military, assigned to official duty in the respective country. The agreements ensure that dependents of U.S. government employees stationed abroad will be able to be employed overseas in the countries where their sponsors are stationed, and that foreign dependents will be able to be employed in the U.S. when their sponsors are in the U.S. on official duty. The arrangements and obligations contained in these agreements cannot be changed by U.S. policy regulations.
Bilateral reciprocal work agreements do not cover the student. The student is granted a visa for the official business of participating in training.
The issue of student and dependent employment is not a responsibility of the International Military Student Office (IMSO) or the Security Cooperation Office (SCO). Each student must direct all questions concerning employment for the student and the dependents directly to his or her respective embassy in Washington, D.C.
This revision is effective immediately. The point of contact for this memorandum is Kathy Ton, (703)604-6611, Kathy.Ton@dsca.mil.
William E. Landay III
Vice Admiral, USN
SAMM E-Change 175
Student and Dependent Employment
SAMM Chapter 10, Section C10.10.6., Student and Dependent Employment, is revised to read as follows:
C10.10.6. Student and Dependent Employment. Dependents authorized to accompany a student may have privileges to seek employment in the U.S. pursuant to bilateral reciprocal work agreements the U.S. may have with their country as described in Title 8 Code of Federal Regulations, paragraph 214.2. Bilateral reciprocal work agreements do not cover the student. The student is granted a visa based on the fact that he or she is a government official participating in training. Each student must direct all questions concerning employment for the student and the dependents directly to his or her respective embassy.