On April 21, 2008, DHS published a proposed rule that would raise the SEVIS I-901 fee, set standards for recertification of F-1 and M-1 schools, and modify schools' record-keeping and reporting requirements. The rule proposes an October 1, 2008 effective date. The public comment period on the proposed rule ended June 20, 2008.

Read NAFSA's comment letter.

September 26, 2008Updated
ICE published the final SEVIS fee/recertification rule on September 26, 2008. The rule is effective on October 27, 2008, Changes include: fee hikes of SEVIS I-901, initial certification, and site visit fees; rules for recertification of F and M schools; and new I-17 and maintenance of school certification rules. Read the final rule.