SEVIS Release 6.22 Planning Guide
Scheduled Release Date: Friday, August 21, 2015
|Outage Begins||Outage Anticipated End Date|
|8 PM (EST) Friday, August 21, 2015||12:01 AM Saturday, August 22, 2015|
Functionality in the Release
This release contains minor improvements to SEVIS and fixes some issues associated with SEVIS Release 6.21.
|Functionality||Affects F/M SEVIS||Affects J SEVIS||Affects Batch|
|Redesign of the Listing of Schools page||Yes||No||No|
|Selection of school and campus persists when return to Listing of Schools page after taking action in SEVIS||Yes||No||No|
|Ability to do a wildcard search on Given Name||Yes||Yes||No|
|Improved search speed on exchange visitor and dependent searches||Yes||Yes||No|
|Increase RFI comments from SEVP to 10,000 characters||Yes||No||No|
|Description of “Other” Level of Education prints on Form I-20||Yes||No||No|
|Removal of 500-record limit on report of nonimmigrants whose names were changed by SEVIS||Yes||Yes||No|
|Provide DSO ability to update OPT employer information when DSO-Recommended OPT End date is in the past, but Actual OPT End Date is in the future||Yes||No||No|
|Change Batch transaction log so returned addresses are broken down by address field||Yes||Yes||Ye|
The following resources are available to support this release:
- SEVIS 6.22 Pre-Release Webinar recording
- SEVIS 6.22 Pre-Release Webinar Slides
- SEVIS 6.22 Pre-Release Webinar FAQ
Systems Affected by the Outage
SEVIS data is used by many systems worldwide. The following processes and systems will be affected:
|I-901 (SEVIS) Fee||The I-901 System will not be able to process the SEVIS fee payments. Students and exchange visitors must either pay ahead of time or wait until SEVIS is online again.|
|Social Security Numbers (SSN)
|The Social Security Administration should not be affected.|
(Systems: ESB, PCQS)
|SAVE Agents should not be affected.
|E-Verify (Systems ESB, PCQS)||E-Verify should not be affected.|
|Consular officers at U.S. embassies and consulates should not be affected.|
|Ports of Entry
(Systems: ADIS, PCQS)
|Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers performing primary inspections can verify admissibility using information that is up-to-date. Anyone seeking F, M, or J status may be sent to secondary inspection for processing. CBP Officers in secondary inspection cannot access SEVIS to verify F, J, or M nonimmigrants’ SEVIS status. However, this is a short outage with very limited effects.|
|State Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
|DMV agents should not be affected|
There should be no effect on schools’ ability to file for recertification.
Schools and sponsors that use third-party software to push data to SEVIS must plan their batch uploads carefully.
|Critical Date/Time||What Happens|
|8:00 PM Friday, August 21, 2015||SEVIS batch functionality is suspended.|
|12:01 AM Saturday, August 22, 2015||SEVIS batch functionality is restored.|
Transaction logs and PDFs of forms not downloaded by 8:00 PM (EST) Friday, August 21, 2015 will be available for download once SEVIS access is restored.