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SEVIS Release 6.51 Planning Guide


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SEVIS Release 6.51 Planning Guide

Last updated: June 19, 2020

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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

  • 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

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).

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.
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No warnings issued at this time. 

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