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SEVP Student Portal The SEVP Portal "will allow F-1 students on post-completion optional practical training (OPT) and M-1 students participating in practical training to report address, telephone and employer information to SEVP without relying upon their designated school official (DSO) to update their information." Mar 15, 2018
May 30, 2017 Session Q and A - SEVIS Current Issues Pre-submitted questions from NAFSA and answered by SEVP in connection with a session entitled "SEVIS Current Issues," presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, CA on May 30, 2017. Aug 17, 2017
SAVE Database- Issues with Obtaining SSN and Driver's Licenses

The Systematic Nonimmigrant Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program is an intergovernmental initiative that aids benefit-granting agencies in determining an applicant's immigration status and uses an online system to check immigration record information in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases. Sometimes, an international student or scholar may encounter issues with the SAVE database used to verify immigration status or work authorization for eligibility for a Social Security Number, driver's licenses, or other government benefits. Some issues arise from inconsistencies in data between other government agency databases. For example, the name or date of birth in the Social Security database does not match the I-94 information in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) database. This resource provides practice tips and guidance to requesting assistance through USCIS and SEVP.

Jul 27, 2017
SEVIS Resource Portal

Information page on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Jul 26, 2017
SEVP Director Open Meeting at the NAFSA Annual Conference At each NAFSA conference since 2014, we have held an Open Meeting with the Director of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the SEVP Director and SEVP staff. May 11, 2017
SEVIS RTI User Manuals SEVIS RTI user manuals to assist SEVIS users (PDSOs, DSOs, ROs, and AROs) Jul 21, 2016
Changes to OPT Information in SEVIS 6.23 SEVIS Release 6.23, implemented on December 6, 2015, contained changes related to F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) as well as other important changes. Dec 14, 2015
DSO/RO Annual Validation Requirement

Principal Designated Officials (PDSOs) and Responsible Officers (ROs) must annually verify in SEVIS that all PDSOs, Designated School Officials (DSOs), ROs, and Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs) at their respective schools or exchange visitor programs are still employed by the organization and continue to require access to SEVIS as a PDSO, DSO, RO, or ARO. The verification period begins each year on December 2, and must be completed no later than March 2 of the following year. Failure to verify by the March 2 deadline will result in loss of SEVIS access. SEVP and DOS have made webinars and other resources available.

Oct 29, 2015
SEVIS Releases

This page provides links to SEVIS Release System Change Notices.

Oct 26, 2015
SEVP Draft Policy Guidance for Comment: F-1 and M-1 Student Employment

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program published a series of five draft policy guidance documents relating to F-1 (and some M-1) employment issues, focusing on employment other than practical training. SEVP accepted public comment on the draft guidance until September 28, 2015. Access NAFSA's comment letters on this page as well.

Sep 28, 2015
J Subpart A Rule Resource Page

Stay tuned to this page for updates on the J Subpart A rule. The rule was published on October 6, 2014, and became effective on January 5, 2015, except for the new insurance levels, which became effective on May 15, 2015.

Sep 01, 2015
Points to Remember When Transferring SEVIS Records

This ready-to-use resource helps explain the F-1 student SEVIS record transfer process between SEVP-certified schools. It can be used as a training tool to identify common issues and frequently asked questions that occur during the process and reference government sources.

Aug 18, 2015
SEVIS Release 6.21 Transition Resources SEVIS Release 6.21 is scheduled for implementation on June 26, 2015, and will contain some major changes that schools need to be aware of and incorporate into their business practices. Jul 15, 2015
DOS Guidance Directive 2015-01 on Use of Shorten, End, and Terminate EV Functions On April 22, 2015, the Department of State issued Guidance Directive 2015-01, to clarify for sponsors how to use the "shorten, "end," and "terminate" functions" in SEVIS to comply with reporting requirements at 22 CFR 62.13(a)(3)-(5) and 22 CFR 62.40. Apr 22, 2015
Virtual Brown Bag - The DOS OPA-AG Unit

Department of State's Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration-Academic and Government Programs Unit (OPA-AG) partners with academic and government sponsors to protect exchange visitors' health, safety, and well-being by actively monitoring SEVIS and responding to complaints and incidents affecting the exchange visitor community.

Apr 02, 2015
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