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October 10, 2019
Designated school officials (DSOs) must register their Initial and Active international students in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information...
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February 26, 2018
On March 23, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will launch the SEVP Portal for F-1 students participating in post-completion optional practical training (OPT) and M-1 students participating in practical training.The portal will allow these F-1 and M-1 students to report personal...
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February 16, 2018
When a school obtains Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certification, it makes a legally binding commitment to comply with applicable federal regulations and reporting obligations. Two of these obligations include applying for SEVP recertification and completing Student and Exchange...
A principal designated school officials completes the SEVIS annual verification process on her laptop
February 2, 2018
The deadline for principal designated school officials (PDSOs) to complete their annual Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) verification is one month from today, on March 2, 2018. As of Jan. 31, 2018, 76 percent of schools have completed the process. If PDSOs do not complete...
A designated school official sits at a desk and reads about SEVIS record termination reasons
January 25, 2018
Although failure to maintain student status is a common reason for terminating an F or M student or dependent’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record, there are several reasons for termination. Designated school officials can find a complete list of termination reasons and...