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September 17, 2019
September is National Preparedness Month! The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...
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student reviews grace period erquirements
July 18, 2019
Upon completion of your program of study at a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school and any authorized period of practical training, you have a grace period during which you can stay in the United States. The length of your grace period depends on your visa type. F-1 visa...
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June 13, 2019
An annual vacation is an authorized break in a student’s studies that is taken once per academic year and lasts one term.  F-1 students are eligible to take an annual vacation after completing their academic year requirement at a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school and once...
DSO gives student Form I-20
June 5, 2019
On June 4, 2019, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) published a policy guidance document on Form I-20 Issuance and School Use of Recruiters. This new policy guidance clarifies that for reasons of privacy, security and fraud prevention, the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for...
Students in caps and gowns prepare to graduate
May 9, 2019
As the school year winds down for many institutions across the United States, some of your F-1 international students may be preparing to graduate. As a designated school official (DSO), use this time to familiarize yourself and your international students with important graduation reminders....

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