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DSOs: Learn About the Day-to-Day Role of SEVP Field Representatives

August 22, 2016

In a recent article in The Boston Globe, Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) field representative John Deziel shared his experiences working with SEVP-certified schools in Massachusetts.

SEVP field representatives are federal government employees that act as liaisons between SEVP and SEVP-certified schools that enroll F and M international students. SEVP launched its first group of field representatives in 2014 and currently has 57 field representatives working with designated school officials (DSOs) in different regions across the country.

Some of the day-to-day responsibilities of SEVP field representatives include:

  • Helping DSOs better understand SEVP rules and regulations.
  • Providing training and assistance to DSOs.
  • Participating in conferences and meetings in their territory that pertain to nonimmigrant students.
  • Meeting with DSOs during school visits, usually a minimum of once per year for each school.

If you are a new DSO, remember that your territory’s SEVP field representative is a great resource if you have questions about the international student process. Many of the field representatives previously served as DSOs and have firsthand experience working with international students.

To learn more about the day-to-day role of SEVP field representatives, read the full article in The Boston Globe. You can also review the frequently asked questions about SEVP field representatives for more information.

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