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Resource Library

Study in the States offers free downloadable tools and resources to make it easier for international students and school officials to follow the U.S. government rules and regulations that govern the international student process.

All of the free tools and resources are available below. Search for resources by selecting the filters that apply. One or more filters may be selected.

SEVP Fees
June 2019

Provides an overview of Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) fees for international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. 

An Introduction to the SEVP Portal
March 2019

Provides useful information for students on the SEVP Portal.

Get to Know SEVP
October 2018

Provides useful information about the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) mission and SEVP's coordination with government partners.

Resources & Contacts
February 2019

Provides useful Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) resources and contacts for SEVP stakeholders to use and reference on a daily basis.

M-1 Extension of Stay Process
July 2018

Outlines the steps for the M-1 extension of stay process. 

What is Special Student Relief?
July 2018

Defines Special Student Relief (SSR), including who SSR affects, when SSR applies and how designated school officials can recommend SSR.

Public and Private K-12 Schools: Know the Difference
September 2016

Illustrates the distinctions between K-12 private schools and grade 9-12 public schools in the United States and outlines the different rules F-1 students must follow while studying at each.

Public Grade 9-12 Student Life Cycle (F-1)
September 2016

Outlines the eight steps involved for F-1 students studying at grade nine through 12 public high schools in the United States.

Private K-12 Student Life Cycle (F-1)
June 2016

Outlines the eight steps involved for K-12 F-1 private school students in studying in the United States. 

ICE.gov/SEVP vs. Study in the States: Know the Difference
June 2016

A quick guide illustrating the different types of information, resources and tools found on ICE.gov/SEVP and Study in the States

STEM OPT Reporting Requirements
July 2018

Identifies the different 24-month STEM OPT extension reporting requirements for F-1 students, STEM OPT employers and school officials.

Termination Reasons
June 2017

Defines what a SEVIS termination is and what it means for students, outlines reasons for terminations and explains instances when DSOs should not terminate an active status student record.

Avoiding a Form I-515A
February 2016

Outlines how students and DSOs can proactively avoid the issuances of Forms I-515A.

Getting Students Ready to Enter the United States
June 2017

Illustrates the steps students and schools must take to prepare for a student's entry into the United States.

Reporting Events on the Form I-20
June 2018

Outlines what events need to be reported on a student's existing Form I-20.

Transferring In F-1 Students in SEVIS
July 2018

Defines the steps for transferring in an F-1 student record and clearly delineates what students and DSOs at the new school must do to successfully transfer the record to a new SEVP-certified school.

Transferring Out F-1 Students in SEVIS
July 2018

Defines the steps for transferring out an F-1 student record and clearly delineates what students and DSOs at the current school must do to successfully transfer the record to a new SEVP-certified school.

Authorizing a Reduced Course Load
July 2018

Explains three situations when a student may be eligible to drop below a full course of study.

F & M Status: Know the Difference
October 2015

Illustrates the distinctions between the two categories and outlines the different rules F-1 and M-1 students must follow while they study in the United States.

International Student Life Cycle
October 2015

Outlines the eight steps involved in studying in the United States, and includes supplemental information about employment and training eligibility for F-1 students.