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Sample Application Introductory Language

This letter is in regard to the immunity from judicial seizure granted by United States courts pursuant to 22 U.S.C. § 2459. I write in connection with objects coming into the United States from abroad for the cultural [exhibition, assembly, activity, or festival] entitled __________________________.

I hereby request that the U.S. Department of State make the determinations that the objects presented herein are of cultural significance and that their temporary [include all that apply: storage, conservation, scientific research, exhibition, or display] in the United States is in the national interest, and further request that there be publication to that effect in the Federal Register prior to importation, which is expected to take place on or about _______________________.

I understand that the timely publication of these determinations should facilitate the objects’ immunization from judicial seizure while in the United States, assuming all other provisions of 22 U.S.C. § 2459 have been met.

Sample Language Borrowing Institutions May Wish to Use in Contracts with Foreign Lenders to Describe the Protections Afforded by 22 U.S.C. § 2459

[Applicant/Borrowing institution] agrees to seek determinations from the U.S. Department of State that the objects are of cultural significance and that their temporary [include all that apply: storage, conservation, scientific research, exhibition, or display] in the United States would be in the national interest, and to request that there be publication to that effect in the Federal Register prior to their importation.

U.S. Department of State

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