"This document describes the planned system changes for Batch File Processing (Batch) with SEVIS Release 6.6. SEVIS Release 6.6, targeted for a Friday, October 29, 2010 Production environment implementation, includes system changes that will affect both F/M Schools and J Program Sponsors utilizing Batch. The outlined system changes will be available for testing in the Beta testing environment beginning Monday, September 27, 2010."


SEVIS Release 6.6 will allow schools and exchange visitor programs to utilize CIP 2010 codes.


In a September 10, 2010 broadcast message, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program notified SEVIS users that "the SEVIS Release 6.6 Batch System Changes document, SEVISTable.xsd, and Batch API (including the lookup tables) have been updated and posted to http://www.ice.gov/sevis/schools/batch.htm."


"The Beta testing environment will be upgraded to Release 6.6 on Monday, September 27th and Batch schools/sponsors will be given 30 days to complete testing (end date will be Wednesday, October 27th)."


"Within the next two weeks, additional communications will be sent regarding the outage schedule for the Beta environment upgrade to Release 6.6.; In the meantime, please direct any questions to the Batch support team of the SEVIS Help Desk either via phone at (800) 892-4829, Option 2 or via email at [email protected]"