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Three Tips for New DSOs from an SEVP Field Representative

July 23, 2015
Adam Harold is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) field representative. In this role, he serves as a liaison between SEVP and certified schools in his territory of Dallas/Fort Worth. Prior to joining SEVP as a field representative, he spent almost 10 years as a designated school official (DSO) at a large state institution in Texas that was home to more than 3,000 international students. In this blog post, Adam shares his advice for new DSOs for the upcoming school year. Be on the lookout for more advice from Adam in next month’s issue of the SEVP Spotlight. 
As a new designated school official, you may feel overwhelmed with all you have to manage in this new role. In addition to familiarizing yourself with the regulations that you are required to know, there are several resources you should immediately take advantage of to help you navigate this new responsibility.
Finally, schedule a visit with your SEVP field representative if your territory has one. Eventually, SEVP will deploy 60 field representatives nationwide and each SEVP-certified school will have a designated field representative. Field representatives can provide additional resources and training materials, as well as answer any other questions you may have. If you are at a school that does not yet have access to a field representative, contact the SEVP Response Center by email at with your school-specific questions. 
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