Study in the States offers free downloadable tools and resources to make it easier for international students and school officials to follow the U.S. government rules and regulations that govern the international student process.
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Provides useful information for students on the SEVP Portal.
Provides important information for new Designated School Officials (DSOs) to understand the international student process to successfully manage school and student records and fulfill their reporting and compliance obligations
Provides useful information about the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) mission and SEVP's coordination with government partners.
Provides useful information for DSOs to help them properly maintain F-1 and M-1 student records.
Outlines the steps for the M-1 extension of stay process.
Outlines the steps and timeline for the school appeal process.
Defines Special Student Relief (SSR), including who SSR affects, when SSR applies and how designated school officials can recommend SSR.
Illustrates the distinctions between K-12 private schools and grade 9-12 public schools in the United States and outlines the different rules F-1 students must follow while studying at each.
Outlines the eight steps involved for F-1 students studying at grade nine through 12 public high schools in the United States.
A welcome guide for DSOs to distribute to new international students, outlining Study in the States as a resource to help them follow the rules and maintain their student status.
Outlines the eight steps involved for K-12 F-1 private school students in studying in the United States.
Identifies the different 24-month STEM OPT extension reporting requirements for F-1 students, STEM OPT employers and school officials.
Outlines the eight part process for obtaining and maintaining SEVP certification.
Outlines the eight steps involved in studying in the United States, and includes supplemental information about employment and training eligibility for F-1 students.
Illustrates the distinctions between the two categories and outlines the different rules F-1 and M-1 students must follow while they study in the United States.
Explains some of the most commonly used links in an Active Status Student Record in SEVIS.
Explains three situations when a student may be eligible to drop below a full course of study.
Explains the responsibilities of PDSOs and includes a diagram illustrating the SEVP school certification, recertification and updates processes all surrounding the Form I-17.
Charts the different SEVIS reporting and administration responsibilities of PDSOs and DSOs.
Defines what a SEVIS termination is and what it means for students, outlines reasons for terminations and explains instances when DSOs should not terminate an active status student record.
Defines the different student record statuses for F-1 and M-1 students in SEVIS and outlines when a DSO should apply them to a student's record.
Explains reasons for a DSO or the system to cancel a student's record in SEVIS.
Explains how to properly respond to SEVP within 30 days of a student receiving a Form I-515A.
Outlines how students and DSOs can proactively avoid the issuances of Forms I-515A.
Provides SEVIS reporting tips for DSOs at private K-12 schools, outlining when DSOs must take action on a student's record in SEVIS.
Provides SEVIS reporting tips for DSOs at private K-12 schools, outlining important dates and actions for student record management.
Provides SEVIS reporting tips for DSOs at public high schools, outlining when DSOs must take action on a student's record in SEVIS.
Provides SEVIS reporting tips for DSOs at public high schools, outlining important dates and actions for student record management.
Explains the required information a DSO must input into SEVIS to generate a new Form I-20.
Illustrates the steps students and schools must take to prepare for a student's entry into the United States.
Outlines what events need to be reported on a student's existing Form I-20.
Defines the steps for transferring in an F-1 student record and clearly delineates what students and DSOs at the new school must do to successfully transfer the record to a new SEVP-certified school.
Defines the steps for transferring out an F-1 student record and clearly delineates what students and DSOs at the current school must do to successfully transfer the record to a new SEVP-certified school.
Illustrates when DSOs should cancel, terminate or facilitate reinstatement for an F-1 student's record in SEVIS.