(a) Each organization shall, prior to arranging the placement of any international student exchange visitor in any school in California, register with the Attorney General’s Registry of International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations on the registration form prescribed by the Attorney General. Renewals of registration shall be filed with the registry by January 15 of each calendar year in which the organization does business and shall be effective for one year.

(b) The fee for registration and renewal shall be calculated as follows:

(1) All organizations designated by the USIA shall remit the following:

(A) A registration fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) shall be required for the initial registration of an organization and shall be payable by certified or cashier’s check to the Attorney General’s Registry of International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations at the time of registration.

(B) An annual renewal fee of fifty dollars ($50) shall be required for renewal of registration of an organization payable as specified in subparagraph (A).

(C) The Attorney General may seek legislative approval to adjust the registration or renewal fee. Upon petition by the Attorney General, the Legislature may adjust the fees in the annual Budget Act. In no event shall the fees exceed the costs necessary to administer this article.

(2) All organizations not designated by the USIA shall remit the following:

(A) A registration fee shall be required for the initial registration of an organization and shall be payable by certified or cashier’s check to the Attorney General’s Registry of International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations at the time of registration. The Attorney General shall establish the registration fee described in this subparagraph.

(B) An annual renewal fee shall be required for renewal of registration of an organization payable as specified in paragraph (1). The Attorney General shall establish the renewal fee described in this subparagraph.

(C) In no event shall the fees enumerated in this paragraph exceed the costs necessary to administer this article.

(c) The Attorney General may grant an extension of time to file annual registration.

(d) Failure to register is a violation of this chapter.

(e) Registration pursuant to this article shall not be considered or be represented as an endorsement of the organization by the Attorney General or this state.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 825, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1995.)