In a July 28, 2010 message broadcast to SEVIS users, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) reminded SEVIS-certified schools that they "may not develop, publish or use any form of advertising that states or implies the approval of curricular or practical training in conjunction with any English language training." SEVP cites two regulations that create this restriction:

  • 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10), which states, "Students in English language training programs are ineligible for practical training;" and
  • 8 CFR 214.3(j), which restricts any advertising copy to the following: "This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students."

The SEVP reminder was occasioned by the Department of State (DoS) having brought to SEVP’s attention "a number of denied visa applications where the potential F-1 visa applicants with Forms I-20, 'Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – For Academic and Language Students,' issued from SEVP-certified schools alleged to DoS that they would take part in an internship or some form of practical training." SEVP also said in its broadcast message that "In our review of the instances DoS brought to our attention, it appears the schools and their overseas agents are advertising these English language programs as internships and are using that term in the promotional material they distribute."