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SEVIS 6.41 to Start Counting Unemployment While on OPT in the Aggregate SEVIS Release 6.41, implemented on October 26, 2018, changes how SEVIS calculates and displays days of unemployment while a student is on standard or STEM post-completion OPT. The new counters display the aggregate count of unemployment within each OPT segment. Oct 30, 2018
SEVIS F, M, and J Fee Adjustments The Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule to raise the I-901 SEVIS fee paid by F-1 and M-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, raise the initial school certification fee that SEVP charges new F and M schools, and add a new $ 1250 fee for F and M school recertification (currently there is no fee for F or M school recertification), among other changes. Sep 11, 2018
SEVP Broadcast Message on CLAIMS-SEVIS Data Inaccuracies On August 6, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program sent this broadcast message to SEVIS users, identifying data interface issues between USCIS' CLAIMS system and SEVIS, and commenting on the agencies' efforts to resolve those issues. Aug 06, 2018
DHS Security Consent Statement in SEVIS SEVIS users now see a DHS Security Consent Statement on the SEVIS log-in page. This page describes the origins of that statement. Jun 07, 2018
SEVP External Training Application SEVP is in the process of developing the SEVP External Training Application (SETA), to replace the current DSO Online Training modules that have been in place for more than a  decade. May 15, 2018
Privacy Act Notices on SEVIS Forms You might be surprised by the "Privacy Act" notices you see when you log in to SEVIS. However, the notice is the same (or similar) notice that appears at the bottom of most government forms. These notices are required by the Privacy Act, which, among other things, requires government agencies to get periodic approval for their "information collection notices," which are commonly called "forms," and to publish "System of Records Notices" (SORNs) that list the type of information they collect and store in  the systems they control, and how that information might be used or shared. Apr 30, 2018
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
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