April 15, 2008

This is SEVP's final list of "SEVIS Release 5.8 System Changes," that will be implemented on April 18, 2008. Batch schools should note that these changes will only be implemented in RTI, and no changes to the SEVIS Batch schema will be made at this time.


Changes for F and M Schools

  • Form I-20 Modifications. The Primary Major code and description will print for both F-1 and M-1 students on page 3. Pending status and current or future Approved status OPT Extensions will print for F-1 students in the Current Authorizations section on page 3.
  • OPT Extension.The PDSO/DSO may use a new Extend link to request a 17-month OPT Extension to an approved, post-completion OPT segment with the following required fields: Employer Name, Employer Address, and OPT Comments/Remarks. The new Extend link will be available in the Command menu of the OPT Employment page as long as the student meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Student History. School officials will be able to view the history of events for any student/dependent that is currently or was previously associated with the Principal Designated School Official’s (PDSO)/Designated School Official’s (DSO) campus. Any actions taken on a student/dependent record while at that campus, including creation and subsequent updates, will be captured as events and displayed to the school user in the event history.
  • Return to Initial Status Correction Request. When the PDSO changes the status of a student from Active to Initial via a Return to Initial Status Correction Request, both the Current Session End Date and the Next Session Start Date will be automatically removed.
  • Requested Status. Optional Practical Training (OPT), Off-Campus Employment, M-1 Transfer, and M-1 Extension requests submitted via SEVIS Real-Time Interactive (RTI) will indicate a default status of Requested. For these requests to change to Pending status, SEVIS must receive an update from the Computer Linked Application Information Management System (CLAIMS) that the student benefit application has been accepted by a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service Center. An alert of students with requests in Requested status for more than 90 days will be provided to school users. Requests in Requested status for more than 180 days will be canceled.
  • Request Change to Student Status Correction. The transfer-in school PDSO/DSO will no longer have the ability to perform a Request Change to Student Status correction Request on student records transferred in Terminated or Completed status. Since these records do not have data in all of the required fields, they cannot be placed into Initial or Active status.
  • Request Change to Student Request Correction. When requesting a correction to set an F-1 or M-1 student Change of Status (COS) request to Approved status, the PDSO/DSO will be required to enter the COS Benefit Start Date on the Request Correction page. For an M-1 student, the PDSO/DSO will also be required to enter the Program End Date on the Request Correction page.
  • Request Change to Student Status Correction. The transfer-in school PDSO/DSO will no longer have the ability to perform a Request Change to Student Status correction Request on student records transferred in Terminated or Completed status. Since these records do not have data in all of the required fields, they cannot be placed into Initial or Active status.
  • Request Change to Student Request Correction. When requesting a correction to set an F-1 or M-1 student Change of Status (COS) request to Approved status, the PDSO/DSO will be required to enter the COS Benefit Start Date on the Request Correction page. For an M-1 student, the PDSO/DSO will also be required to enter the Program End Date on the Request Correction page.
  • Secondary Major and Minor. Both the Secondary Major and Minor fields will be required when creating or updating an F-1 student record via SEVIS RTI. If the F-1 student does not have a secondary major or minor, the school official will be provided the option of selecting None.
  • Transfer-In Records. The transfer-in school PDSO/DSO will no longer have the ability to perform a Request Change to Student Status Correction Request on student records transferred in Terminated or Completed status. Since these records do not have data in all of the required fields, they cannot be placed into Initial or Active status.
  • Termination Reasons List. The Termination Reasons drop-down list on the Request Change to Student Status page and the Request Change to Termination Reason page will be corrected to only include the relevant Termination Reasons.
  • Transfer History. Student transfer events will be captured for the purpose of tracking event history. The PDSO/DSO will be able to view the history of transfer events for any student associated with the school official’s campus.

Changes for J program Sponsors

  • Exchange Visitor History. Program sponsor officials will be able to view the history of events for any exchange visitor (EV) and/or dependent that is currently or was previously associated with their program. Any actions taken on an EV/dependent record while at that program, including creation and subsequent updates, will be captured as events and displayed to the Responsible Officer (RO)/Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in the event history.
  • Out of Country for EVs in the Research Scholar and Professor Categories. An RO/ARO will have the ability to enter information concerning a Professor or Research Scholar whose exchange activities require them to travel outside of the United States to participate in collaborative research projects and/or associated program activities for a period of time during their sponsorship. A new link titled Create Out of Country will be available on the Exchange Visitor Information screen. The RO/ARO will be required to enter data concerning the EV’s time out of the country including begin and end dates and their out of country address. During the time the exchange visitor (EV) is out of the country they will remain in Active status. Starting on the Out of Country Begin Date and ending on the Out of Country End Date, the Reason field of the Status section of the Exchange Visitor Information screen will display ‘Out of Country.’ A new alert will be provided indicating an EV’s out of country end date is approaching in 30 days or less; the information entered concerning the EV’s time out of the country can be updated at any time. The RO/ARO will also see a new list containing EVs that have a current or future out of country segment.
  • Updating Program Official’s Title. Program sponsor officials will be able to update their title along with their telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Officials who perform duties for more than one program sponsor or who are also a PDSO or DSO for a school can have only one title, telephone, and fax number, and e-mail address in SEVIS. If these fields are updated, the new data will display for all programs and schools with which the official is associated. Also, for officials associated with schools, the title entered into SEVIS will print on all student Forms I-20.
  • Exchange Visitor Student Employment for College/University Students. Program sponsors that have been designated for the College/University Student category will be able to enter information into SEVIS concerning student employment for an exchange visitor in Active status who is being sponsored in one of the following College/University Student categories: Associate, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate, or Non-Degree. The RO/AROs will also be able to update a current segment of student employment and retrieve a list of all Active status EVs that have a current and/or future segment of student employment.
  • Exchange Visitor E-mail Address. Program sponsor officials will be able to enter an e-mail address of an exchange visitor and/or dependent when creating and/or updating EV and dependent records. The e-mail address will display on both the Exchange Visitor Information and/or Dependent Information screen. User Manuals, Online Help, and Tutorials The SEVIS Online Help and user manuals for school and program sponsor users will be updated as necessary to reflect the changes implemented into SEVIS Release 5.8.