SEVIS Release 6.51 Planning Guide Last updated: June 19, 2020 Quick Links:Scheduled Release Date: February 28, 2020Functionality in the ReleaseRelease ResourcesSystem UnavailabilityBatch Users Expand All | Collapse All Scheduled Release Date: February 28, 2020 Functionality in the Release Functionality Affects F/M SEVIS Affects J SEVIS Affects Batch New email and address fields for F, M, and J nonimmigrant dependents. Yes Yes Yes New option of “Other” for gender field. Yes Yes Yes Increased character limits for Surname, Preferred Name and City of Birth fields. Yes Yes Yes New nonimmigrant search fields, Education Level and Major. Yes No No All nonimmigrant search results will be exportable. Yes Yes No New City of Birth field for F and M nonimmigrants. Yes No Yes Updated look and feel for the Exchange Visitor Information page. No Yes No New exchange visitor identification number (EV ID) and EV Remarks. No Yes Yes New foreign telephone number for J-1 exchange visitors. No Yes Yes During Amend, update the Program Begin Date to an earlier date. No Yes Yes Create a COE for up to 12 months, if the exchange visitor is part of the Australia/New Zealand Summer Work Travel pilot program. No Yes Yes Restrict position and subject/field codes for secondary school students. No Yes Yes Prohibit dependents for Au Pairs, Secondary School Students and Summer Work Travel participants. No Yes Yes Release Resources SEVIS Release 6.51 Planning Guide The following resources will be updated with changes after the release: Name Standards Create Initial COE (Form I-20) Personal Information Student Information View Dependent Add Dependent Update Dependent Complete Transfer of F-1 SEVIS Record Complete Transfer of M-1 SEVIS Record Sample Form I-20 Nonimmigrant Search System Unavailability Outage Begins Outage Scheduled to End Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM (ET) Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 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, February 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM (ET) to Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 PM (ET) SEVIS is unavailable for batch uploads. No warnings issued at this time.