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Online Training for Designated School Officials

October 22, 2013

Whether it is your first year as a designated school official (DSO) or you have worked with F and/or M students for several years, familiarizing yourself with the rules and regulations surrounding your role is important. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) offers a free, self-paced online training for DSOs that provides information about your role and the F and M student process in seven modules.

By the time you finish this training, you will be more familiar with your responsibilities as a DSO. After completing the training, you can better understand all of the following:

  • The student application process
  • The student transfer process
  • The Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student” update process
  • How to maintain student records
  • How to communicate guidelines for student employment
  • How to terminate and close out student records

To take the training course, create an online account. You also can download the course information as a PDF. If you have questions about the DSO training, call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400.

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