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SEVIS Release 6.28 Planning Guide

Last updated 26-Apr-2019

Scheduled Release Date: August 12, 2016

Functionality in the Release

Functionality Affects F/M SEVIS Affects J SEVIS Affects Batch
Entry of Current Session Start Date required during any registration event Yes No Yes*

Correct flawed logic in batch for:

  • Calculation of F/M session length
  • Calculation of F/M break length
Yes No Yes*
Rename fields for Primary Major and Secondary Major to Major 1 and Major 2 Yes** No Yes

Restore lists:

  • Students Within 45 Days of Cancellation
  • Students Within 45 Days of Termination
Yes No No

*See Batch warning below.

**This change affects Batch only – this change is already in SEVIS’ real-time interface.


  • SEVIS 6.28 Post Release Webinar (August 19, 2016) (Resource outdated)

Note: This link has been disabled. You can visit the SEVIS Webinar page for all release webinars.

Release Resources

  • Revised Registration User Guide (Resource outdated)
  • Revised Mass Registration User Guide (Resource outdated)
  • Understanding SEVIS Program and Session Dates Job Aid (Resource outdated)

Note: These links have been disabled. You can find the most recent versions of these articles in the Manage Program Dates, Registration and Course Load page on the Help Hub.

System Unavailability

Outage Begins Outage Scheduled to End
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM (ET) Friday, August 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM (ET)

Currently, SEVP expects the outage to last four hours (approximately).

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
Friday, August 12, 2016 from 8:00 to 11:59 PM (ET) SEVIS is unavailable for batch uploads.

Registration events submitted via batch will fail until the school is able to update their batch software to reflect the changes in this release. Current Session Start Date is a required element for registration after August 12, 2016.