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December 2022 SEVP Spotlight

Welcome to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Spotlight, a quarterly newsletter for the academic community that includes important program news, seasonal reminders, and updates relevant to the international student life cycle. As of July 2020, SEVP Spotlight consists of an update from the SEVP director.

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Let's Get Ready For 2023!

As 2022 comes to a close, we want to thank you for a great year and for your hard work with supporting international students in the United States. With the new year ahead, there are a few key items to have on your radar.

First, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an Interim Final Rule earlier this month amending its regulations at 8 CFR 214.1, 214.2, 214.3, 214.4, 214.12, and 214.13 to remove obsolete information, correct typographical errors, update references and citations, and make minor clarifications to regulatory language. We are very excited about the publication of this rule, which was necessary to update the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s governing regulations. To learn more, visit the blog post announcing the rule on Study in the States or read the Federal Register Notice.

Next, please be aware that the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) annual verification period started on December 2, with a deadline of March 2, 2023. This process ensures all designated school officials (DSOs) who have access to the SEVIS are still employed by their institutions, are active DSOs and require continued access to SEVIS. For assistance with completing this required process, visit the PDSO/DSO Annual Verification article on the SEVIS Help Hub.

Finally, January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month and the start of DHS’ Blue Campaign, which raises awareness about steps DSOs and others can take to prevent human trafficking and protect students. Throughout the month, DSOs can reference these tips to keep their communities safe. Additionally, this blog post on Project Campus Sentinel can help you identify any fraudulent activity.

As always, you can visit Study in the States for the latest news and for help with any other questions you may have. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and wish you a happy near year!

Thank you for your support.


Rachel Canty

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