Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) field representatives serve as liaisons between SEVP and SEVP-certified schools. As a stakeholder resource, the field representatives enhance national security by fostering regulatory adherence and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) data integrity. Since 2012, ICE's Counter Threat Lead Development Unit (CTLD) and SEVP have worked closely to identify and prevent visa abuse by school officials and students by way of its Project Campus Sentinel program. The program is designed to build partnerships between field offices and SEVP-certified schools to detect and combat school fraud and visa exploitation.
SEVP field representatives:
- Ensure SEVP-certified schools understand SEVP rules and regulations.
- Answer general questions related to the nonimmigrant student process.
- Provide training and assistance to principal designated school officials and designated school officials.
- Meet with schools in their territories normally a minimum of once per year.
- Help school officials with the SEVP recertification process by conducting scheduled school visits.
- Attend conferences and meetings in their territories that pertain to nonimmigrant students.
SEVP field representative school visits are an opportunity to ask general questions related to SEVP and the international student process. Goals for an SEVP field representative’s school visit typically include:
- Learning about the school and its international student population.
- Noting any trends the school has experienced or observed.
- Establishing a working relationship with school officials.
- Answering questions concerning federal regulations, upcoming SEVIS enhancements and other general topics, in addition to providing clarification on SEVP directives or guidance.
SEVP will continue to communicate with the academic community about news and updates on the field representatives. If you have any questions, you can reach out to your assigned field representative, or contact the SEVP Response Center by calling 703-603-3400 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about this program, visit http://www.ice.gov/sevis/schools.