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September 20, 2018
Following the impact of Hurricane Florence on the affected jurisdictions in North Carolina and South Carolina, the Student and Exchange Visitor ...
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DSO reviews contact information with an international student to ensure it is accurate
February 28, 2018
As a designated school official (DSO), it is important to ensure that your F and M international students have accurate information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), including an up-to-date email address. If your students are eligible to create an account for the SEVP...
F-1 optional practical training student desktop computer and desk
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...
Teenage Student in Chemistry Lab
May 18, 2017
On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s rule for the 24-month science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) extension went into effect.The rule strengthened oversight of the STEM OPT extension and enhanced DHS’s mission by requiring...
A woman working on her laptop computer.
December 22, 2016
If you are an F-1 student participating in optional practical training (OPT) and your employer closes for an extended period during the winter holidays, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program does not consider this time as unemployment.However, there are different rules students must follow...

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