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SEVIS Release 6.23 Planning Guide

Last updated 26-Apr-2019

This planning guide is intended to help SEVIS users prepare for SEVIS Release 6.23.

Scheduled release date: December 6, 2015

Functionality in the Release

Functionality Affects F/M SEVIS Affects J SEVIS Affects Batch
Redesigned log in page Yes Yes No
OPT Authorization Yes No Yes
Add, Edit Delete OPT Employer Yes No Yes
Improved Employment Information Page Yes No No
F/M Student Telephone Yes No Yes
F/M Student Email Yes No Yes
Improved Event History Yes Yes No
Changed look of Student Information block on SEVIS pages Yes No No
Annual Verification of School/Sponsor Officials Yes Yes No
Update Shorten Program for Exchange Visitors No Yes Yes
Bar code no longer prints on Form DS-2019 No Yes No
Form I-20 Changes Yes No No
Government User Profile No No Yes

Release Resources

  • Demonstration: Add, Edit, Cancel OPT Authorization
  • Demonstration: Add, Edit, or Delete OPT Employer
  • Demonstration: Understanding the Employment Information Page
  • Fact Sheet: Changes to Form I-20 (Resource outdated)
  • User Guide: View Employment Information (Resource outdated)
  • Job Aid: F/M Student Telephone and Email Address (Resource outdated)
  • User Guide: Student Event History (Resource outdated)
  • User Guide: F-1 Optional Practical Training (Resource outdated)
  • User Guide: F-1 Add, Edit, Delete OPT Employer (Resource outdated)
  • User Guide: M-1 Practical Training (Resource outdated)
  • View Employment Information (Resource outdated)

Note: These links have been disabled. You can find the most recent versions of these articles in the F/M Student Employment and System Data Entry Standards pages on the Help Hub.

  • User Guide: Government User Profile
  • Webinar Recording: October 2, 2015 OPT Webinar (Resource outdated)
  • FAQ October 2, 2015 OPT Webinar (Resource outdated)
  • Webinar Recording: November 6, 2015 SEVIS 6.23 Pre-Release Webinar (Resource outdated)

Note: These links have been disabled. You can visit the SEVIS Webinar page for all release webinars.

System Unavailability

Outage Begins Outage Scheduled to End
12:00 AM ET Sunday December 6, 2015 8:00 AM ET Monday December 7, 2015

Currently, SEVP expects the outage to last roughly 32 hours.

Batch Users

Schools and sponsors that use third-party software to push data to SEVIS must plan their batch uploads carefully.

Critical Date/Time What happens
12:00 AM ET December 6, 2015 to 8:00 AM ET Monday December 7, 2015 SEVIS is unavailable for batch uploads.

negative consequence

No warnings issued at this time

Systems Affected by SEVIS Outages

SEVP hopes to minimize the effect of the outage by deploying the release over a weekend. However, SEVIS data is used by many systems all over the world. The following processes and systems are affected when SEVIS is not available:

System During the Outage
I-901 (SEVIS) Fee I-901 system cannot process payments. Students and Exchange visitors must either pay ahead of time or wait until SEVIS is online again.
Social Security Numbers (SSN) Social Security cannot confirm F, M, or J status for anyone. Those needing an SSN should either apply before the outage or wait until SEVIS is online again.
SAVE SAVE agents cannot verify the F, M, or J status for anyone. Verification requests should either be submitted before the outage or after SEVIS is online again.
E-Verify SAVE agents cannot confirm the status of anyone in F, M, or J status. Employers should verify those employees before the outage or wait until SEVIS is online again.
Visa Applications Consular officers at U.S. embassies and consulates can view SEVIS data in their own system. It might not be up-to-date. Some visa applications may be delayed until the data feed from SEVIS is restored.
Ports of Entry Customs and Border Protection officers can verify admissibility using stale data. Anyone seeking F, M, or J status may be sent to secondary inspection for processing. Officers in secondary inspection cannot access SEVIS to verify F, J, or M nonimmigrants’ SEVIS status.
State Departments of Motor Vehicles DMV agents cannot verify the F, M, or J status of applicants for driver’s licenses or state IDs. Nonimmigrants needing a state driver’s licenses/ID card should either apply before the outage or wait until SEVIS is online again.