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Study in the States serves as a dedicated resource to help schools and programs in the United States, along with international students, navigate the international student life cycle and comply with federal regulations. A new Study in the States feature allows site users to filter all site content by topic. Follow these instructions to use this new tool:
Special Student Relief (SSR) is the suspension of certain regulatory requirements by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for an F‑1 student from parts of the world that are experiencing emergent circumstances. Once an SSR notice is published, designated school officials (DSOs) may certify if an F-1 student meets the criteria to qualify for SSR.
Beware of a scam using the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Response Center (SRC) phone number with a (703) area code and claiming to be SRC representatives. Students have been told to purchase a gift card for deposit and that an agent would pick up the card. Remember:
On Dec. 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will amend 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. 
Designated school officials (DSOs) are required by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) to complete an annual verification process within the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This process ensures all DSOs who have access to the SEVIS are still employed by their institutions, are active DSOs, and require continued access to SEVIS. Read the below for key information regarding this required process. Dates to Know:
Project Campus Sentinel is an important government resource for designated school officials (DSOs). Campus Sentinel works to address potential compliance problems before they turn into a national security problem by proving a standard reporting process and reporting resources. Read the below frequently asked questions to learn how Project Campus Sentinel supports DSOs. Frequently Asked Questions: Project Campus Sentinel
School officials looking to file for initial certification, recertification or submit updates to the Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student,” can utilize the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) recently updated evidence checklists to guide your submissions. Be sure to replace any previous versions of these resources with these new versions. The updates resources include: General Resources
In honor of National Preparedness Month, save this new, free, downloadable infographic in the Resource Library with resources to keep in mind in the event of an emergency. There are several resources included to help both students and school officials prepare and stay safe. Resources to Prepare for Emergencies:
On Sept. 7, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a notice in the Federal Register that provides Special Student Relief (SSR) employment benefits for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Venezuela who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.