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DSOs: Read these Reminders Before You Submit a Correction Request


January 25, 2022

Inaccurate data in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) can affect a student’s SEVIS record status, eligibility for benefits and more. There are several ways for designated school officials (DSOs) to correct data in SEVIS. To request changes to student records such as program dates, student status and changes to termination status, use the Correction Request option in SEVIS.

Expedited Processing

While correction requests are often resolved within 30 days, often the SEVIS Help Desk will adjudicate a correction request sooner. A correction request is eligible for expedited processing when it meets one of the following criteria:

  • Student or dependent has a Form I-515, “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor,” due within 30 days or less (copy of the Form I-515 is needed to expedite processing).
  • There is a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service Center request for evidence (RFE) for employment, Change of Status, or M-1 extension requests (copy of service center RFE is needed to expedite processing).
  • Student or dependent arrives in the United States within 30 days.
  • USCIS may deny needed benefit dates, due to the status of the student’s SEVIS record.
  • Student or dependent needs a visa to travel to United States (visa appointment confirmation is required).
  • Student or dependent cannot obtain a driver's license (include the rejection notice or explain in detail how the absence of the document is affecting the student ability to get to/from school or employment).
  • Student cannot obtain a Social Security card (include the rejection notice or explain in detail how the absence of the document is affecting the student).

Please ensure that the correction request meets one of the above criteria before requesting expedited processing. DSOs may only request expedited processing once. The option will disappear for the correction request, even if the expedite is denied. For case-specific questions about a student’s record, contact the SEVP Response Center.

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