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Immunity from Judicial Seizure Applications - Cultural Objects

The U.S. Department of State administers the Immunity from Judicial Seizure statute (22 U.S.C. 2459), which protects from seizure or other judicial process certain objects of cultural significance imported into the United States for temporary display or exhibition. For information on this statute and on how to submit an application, please visit the links below:

  1. Immunity from Judicial Seizure statute (22 U.S.C. 2459)
  2. Executive Order No. 12047
  3. Application Procedure and Checklist (Revised May 2016)
  4. Sample Application and Contract Language

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to the Legal Adviser’s Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (L/PD), at 202-632-6471 and at


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