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SEVIS Release 6.49 Planning Guide

Last updated 6-Nov-2019

Scheduled Release Date: November 17, 2019

Functionality in the Release

Functionality Affects F/M SEVIS Affects J SEVIS Affects Batch
DSOs may upload the Form I 983 in SEVIS when recommending initial STEM OPT, adding a STEM employer, and at the 12 and 24 month self-evaluation reporting periods. Yes No Yes, but no schema change*
Alert list for students needing I-983 upload. Yes No No
Temporary SEVIS users and PDSOs will see an error message when adding a new school official to the Form I 17, who may have an existing active SEVIS account. Yes No No
Temporary SEVIS users, ROs, and AROs will see an error message when adding a new sponsor official to the Form DS 3036, who may have an existing active SEVIS account. No Yes No

* Batch users recommending STEM OPT extensions or completing STEM reporting must log in to SEVIS to upload the Form I-983.

Release Resources

  • SEVIS Release 6.49 Planning Guide
  • The following resources will be updated with changes after the release: o
    • SEVIS Help Hub articles:  F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension
      • F-1 Add, Edit, Delete Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employer
      • Form I-17 – Initial School Certification
      • Form I-17 Petition Update – Manage School Officials
    • SEVIS Job Aid: Update School Officials

System Unavailability

Outage Begins Outage Scheduled to End
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM (ET) Sunday, November 17, 2019 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
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM (ET) to 11:59 PM (ET) SEVIS is unavailable for batch uploads.

Icon - Negative consequence  No warnings issued at this time.