NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo

Join peers and experts at the premier global professional learning and networking event for all international educators and organizations that support international education for the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, "Global Leadership, Learning, and Change."

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EVUS Electronic Visa Update System Acronym
DS-2019 Certificate of eligibility for J exchange visitor status, issued through SEVIS by an exchange visitor program designated by the Department of State. Form
DS-7002 Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP), required for the J-1 intern, trainee, and student intern categories. Form
TRO Temporary Restraining Order Acronym
I-20 Certificate of eligibility for F or M student status, issued through SEVIS by a school designated by the Department of Homeland Security. Form
SEVIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Acronym: Federal
Executive Order Executive actions, also called presidential actions, are actions that are taken by the President of the United States, usually through the following vehicles: Executive Orders; Presidential Proclamations; and Presidential Memoranda. Concept
Prevailing Wage The "prevailing wage" rate is generally defined as the average wage rate paid to similarly employed workers in a specific occupation in the area of intended employment. An employer must pay at least the prevailing wage rate as a condition of sponsoring an alien worker in the H-1B, H-1B1, H-2, or E-3 nonimmigrant categories, and as a condition of filing a permanent labor certification application through PERM. Concept
Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) A determination of the prevailing wage for nonimmigrant and permanent labor certification purposes. Concept
NPWC The Department of Labor's National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) renders Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWD) used in the H-1B, H-1B1, H-2, E-3, and PERM processes. Acronym: Federal
I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker; Employers use this form to petition for an alien to come to the United States temporarily to perform services or labor, or to receive training, such as H-1B nonimmigrant workers. Form
I-20 Certificate of eligibility for F or M student status, issued through SEVIS by a school designated by the Department of Homeland Security. This form is required to obtain a visa to enter the United States. Form
I-766 Employment Authorization Document; issued by USCIS as evidence that the holder is authorized to work in the United States. Form
212(e) Home country physical presence requirement and waivers Form
Actual Wage The wage rate paid by the employer to all other individuals with experience and qualifications similar to those of the H-1B nonimmigrant, for the specific employment in question." The "actual wage" for LCA purposes is not an average of the wage rates an employer pays to all workers employed in the occupation, but rather a listing of wages paid, usually tending to form a wage range. Concept
ACWIA American Competitiveness & Workforce Improvement Act Acronym: Federal
Adjudication The process and determination on a request for an immigration benefit, rendered by an administrative agency. Concept
ARO Alternate Responsible Officer; A person recognized and authorized by the DOS to support the Responsible Officer to advise and assist J-1 exchange visitors in areas of federal laws and regulations, and to administer federal forms that are related to the status/activities of J-1 exchange visitors. Acronym: Federal
BALCA Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals Acronym: Federal
CBP U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acronym: Federal
CIS (USCIS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a bureau within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acronym: Federal
Continuing Student A student who has already made initial entry to the United States, been registered in SEVIS, and who has begun a course of study. Concept
COS Change of Status, referring to change from one nonimmigrant status to another Acronym: Federal
CPT Curricular Practical Training Acronym: Federal
CTCEU Counterterrorism & Criminal Exploitation Unit Acronym: Federal
D/S Duration of Status Acronym: Federal
DHS U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acronym: Federal
DOE U.S. Department of Education Acronym: Federal
DOL U.S. Department of Labor Acronym: Federal
DOS U.S. Department or State Acronym: Federal
DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form; A new online form issued by the DOS to streamline and combine several of the current DOS application forms (DS-156, DS-157, DS-158) into one form that can be submitted electronically. Form
DS-3036 Exchange Visitor Program Application. Form
DS-3037 DOS form used by program sponsors to update information on their exchange visitor program. Form
DSO Designated School Official; The person designated by a SEVP approved school to support the Principal Designated School Official and maintain SEVIS records. Acronym: Federal
EAD Employment Authorization Document; also known as Form I-766 Form
ECA Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State Acronym: Federal
ESTA DHS' Electronic System for Travel Authorization Acronym: Federal
ETA Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor Acronym: Federal
EV Exchange Visitor; A foreign national granted a J-1 visa status by the USCIS. Acronym: Federal
Exchange Visitor Program An exchange program administered by the U.S. Deparment of State (DOS); the DOS designates and partners with government agencies, academic institutions, educational and cultural organizations, and corporations as sponsors to develop and engage in collaborative public-private partnerships to increase mutual understanding, build human potential, and develop talented future leaders. Concept
Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor The designated sponsor of a Department of State approved exchange visitor program. Concept
Extension of Stay An individual must apply with the USCIS before their authorized stay, denoted on their Form I-94, expires, if they wish to stay longer in the United States beyond their D/S. Concept
F-1 Foreign students pursuing a full course of study in a college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, private elementary school, other academic institution, or accredited language training program in the United States that has been approved by SEVP to enroll foreign students. Visa Classification
F-2 An F-2 nonimmigrant is a foreign national who is the spouse or qualifying child (under the age of 21) of an F-1 nonimmigrant. Visa Classification
F-3 A visa classification assigned to "border commuters" who reside in their country of origin while attending a school in the United States. These are granted to citizens of Mexico or Canada only. Visa Classification
FIPSE Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (Department of Education) Acronym: Federal
FRU SEVP's Field Representative Unit Acronym: Federal
Grace Period A period of time given to some categories of nonimmigrants following completion of their nonimmigrant purpose, to make arrangements to depart or otherwise maintain their status. Concept
I-17 Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by F or M Nonimmigrant Students. Approved schools must keep their Form I-17 up to date through SEVIS. Form
I-515A Temporary Entry Form; This form is issued to international students/exchange visitors/dependents by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer at a port of entry (POE) when the officer is not satisfied with the documentation that a student/scholar/dependent provides. Temporary entry is only valid for 30 days, and the student/exchange visitor/dependent must submit the lacking documentation to SEVP within that time period to avoid becoming an "overstay." Form
I-765 The USCIS Application for Employment Authorization is used when applying for Optional Practical Training upon completion of a program of study. Form
I-797 Notice of Action; Issued by the USCIS when an application or petition is approved. Form
I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form Form
I-901 Form used to pay the SEVIS fee Form
I-94 Record of an alien's admission through a U.S. port of entry and departure from a U.S. port of departure. Varieties include an electronic Form I-94 and various types of printed Forms I-94, depending on where, when, and how an individual was admitted to the United States. Forms I-94 will identify the individual's name, date of birth, country of citizenship, immigration class of admission, and an "admitted until" date. Form
ICE U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a bureau within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acronym: Federal
IEP Intensive English Program Acronym
Immigrant A person who intends to live permanently in the U.S. Concept
INS Legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service; now merged into U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acronym: Federal
In-Status An individual is considered in valid status ("in status") if they are in complying with all terms and conditions of their visa classification. Concept
IOC Initial Operating Capability; in reference to the limited functionality of SEVIS II during its initial phase of release. During IOC, SEVIS I will be migrated to SEVIS II and customer accounts will be created. Acronym: SEVIS
IRS The Internal Revenue Service Acronym: Federal
ITIN Individual Taxpayer Identification Number; a nine-digit number issued by IRS for purposes of tax processing. The IRS issues ITINs to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number, but who are ineligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Acronym: Federal
J-1 Foreign national who has been selected by a sponsor, designated by the United States Department of State, to participate in an exchange visitor program and who is seeking to enter or has entered the United States temporarily as an exchange visitor on a J-1 visa. This term of exchange visitor does not include the visitor's immediate family. Visa Classification
J-2 The accompanying spouse and minor children of an exchange visitor (J-1) who are accompanying or following to join the exchange visitor and who are seeking to enter or have entered the United States temporarily on a J-2 visa. For clarifications, a minor is a unmarried person under the age of 21 years old. Visa Classification
M-1 Foreign nationals pursuing a full course of study at a Service-approved vocational school or other recognized nonacademic institution (other than in language training programs) in the United States. Visa Classification
M-2 A foreign national who is the spouse or qualifying child (under the age of 21) of an M-1 nonimmigrant. Visa Classification
M-3 Border commuter students in vocational training programs or other nonacademic institutions (the 8 CFR provisions for commuter students are under development) Visa Classification
MRP Machine Readable Passport Acronym: Federal
MRV Machine Readable Visa Acronym: Federal
Nonimmigrant A person with permanent residence outside the U.S. but who wishes to be in the U.S. on a temporary basis – for example, for tourism, business, temporary work, study, or medical treatment. Concept
NSEP National Security Education Program Acronym: Federal
O*NET Job classification system administered by U.S. Department of Labor Acronym: Federal
OBIM Office of Biometric Identity Management (formerly US-VISIT) Acronym: Federal
OES Occupational Employment Statistics (wage data) Acronym: Federal
OMB Office of Management and Budget Acronym: Federal
OPT Optional Practical Training Acronym: Federal
OSAC Overseas Security Advisory Council Acronym: Federal
Passport An official document issued by a government, certifying the holder's identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries. Concept
PDSO Primary Designated School Official; Primary person who serves as liaison between U.S immigration office and international students on behalf of an educational institution. Acronym: Federal
PERM PERM (the Program Electronic Review Management system) is an attestation-based system for the filing and processing of labor certification applications filed by U.S. employers. Acronym: Federal
POE Port-of-Entry; Acronym: Federal
PWD Prevailing Wage Determination Acronym: Federal
REAL ID An Act of Congress that allows the DHS to establish minimum standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. Concept
RFE Request for Evidence; a letter the USCIS (formerly INS) uses to request additional information on a pending case. Acronym: Federal
RO Responsible Officer; A person who is recognized and authorized by the DOS to be the primary individual at a school to advise and assist J-1 exchange visitors in areas of federal laws and regulation, and to administer federal forms that are related to the status/activities of J-1 exchange visitors. The RO also supervises the activities of Alternative Responsible Officers (ARO). Acronym: Federal
SAVE DHS data system used by SSA to verify nonimmigrant status Acronym: Federal
SCOPS USCIS Service Center Operations Acronym: Federal
SEVIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Acronym: Federal
Sevis ID Number The unique ID Number that is included, along with a barcode, on the top right-hand corner of the I-20 form; all SEVIS ID numbers start with the letter N. Concept
SEVP Student and Exchange Visitor Program Acronym: Federal
SSA Social Security Administration Acronym: Federal
SSN Social Security Number Acronym: Federal
SRC SEVP Response Center Acronym: Federal
STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics Acronym: Federal and Other
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development Acronym: Federal
USBT U.S.-Based Training for Overseas Educational Advisers, Educational Information and Resources Branch, U.S. Department of State Acronym: Federal
USCIS US Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS. A bureau under the Department of Homeland Security. Acronym: Federal
USIA Legacy U.S. Information Agency; now merged into the U.S. Department of State Acronym: Federal
US-VISIT DHS entry/exit information system; In March, 2013, the name of US-VISIT was changed to Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM)  Acronym: Federal
Violation of Status/Out of Status An individual is considered "out of status" or violating their "in status" designation when they are not fulfilling of the terms and conditions of their visa classification. Concept
Visa A document placed into the passport of a foreign national by a U.S. Consulate which authorized the individual to present him/herself at a USCIS Port of entry (POE) and request admission into the United States with a specific type of immigration status (e.g. F-1, J-1, M-1). Concept
VWP Visa Waiver Program Acronym: Federal
WHTI Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Acronym: Federal