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SEVIS Release 6.31 Planning Guide

Last updated 20-Jul-2017

Scheduled Release Date: December 18, 2016

Please note: Some of the following functionality will be included in the February 2017 SEVIS Release.

Functionality in the Release

Functionality Affects
Ability to submit a foreign telephone number during registration events Yes No Yes
Security warning page upon initial log in Yes Yes No
Upload Evidence:
  • Correction Requests
  • Form I-17 submissions
Yes No No
Send and receive data to SEVP Portal Yes No No
Screen changes to reflect SEVP Portal information for students on post-completion OPT:
  • OPT Request
  • Employer Information
  • Employment Information page
  • Student Event History
Yes No No
Notifications to school officials of data changes made by the student via the SEVP Portal:
  • New Alert List
  • Downloadable report
Yes No No
DSO ability to submit request to :
  • Resend initial email to student for portal access
  • Unlock student’s portal account
Yes No No
J-1 Transfer Release Date can be the same as the Program End Date No Yes No

Release-Related Webinars

  • SEVIS 6.31 Pre-Release Webinar (December 2, 2016)
  • SEVIS 6.31 Post-Release Webinar (January 20, 2017)

Release Resources

System Unavailability

Outage Begins Outage Scheduled to End
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at TBD (ET) Sunday, December 18, 2016 at TBD (ET)

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

Note: This release is scheduled for a Sunday, instead of the normal Friday release date, due to other U.S. Government requirements.

Batch Users

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

The update to the system does not involve a change to the batch schema. Schools that cannot deploy their batch vendor’s updates to their batch software by the release date will still be able to submit registration events via batch.

Critical Date/Time What Happens
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at TBD (ET) SEVIS is unavailable for batch uploads.

Information iconNo warnings issued at this time.