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SEVIS Release 6.53 Planning Guide

Last updated 20-May-2020

Scheduled Release Date: August 28, 2020

Functionality in the Release

Functionality Affects
F/M SEVIS
Affects
J SEVIS
Affects
Batch

City of Birth field will be required for students and dependents when:

  • Creating initial SEVIS record
  • Creating transfer-in SEVIS record
  • Updating student biographical information
  • Adding dependent
  • Updating dependent information

Yes

No

Yes

City of Birth will appear in the Student Report for School Officials export file.

Yes

No

No

CIP codes and descriptions for the following fields will appear in exported files for Initial and Active Student lists:

  • Major 1
  • Major 2
  • Minor

Yes

No

No

For all initial and active SEVIS records with a program end date after the release, SEVIS will replace any 2010 CIP codes with their direct new 2020 CIP code matches.

Yes

Yes

Yes

School and sponsor officials will be able to export up to 5000 records from alerts, list and search results.

Yes

Yes

No

DSO Employment Request date will appear in a new column on the Employment Information page.

Yes

No

No

Sponsor officials will receive a weekly email, informing them that the status of at least one EV automatically changed No Show status in the past week.

No

Yes

No

Release Resources

  • SEVIS Release 6.53 Planning Guide
  • The following new articles will be added to the SEVIS Help Hub:
    • Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)
    • CIP Conversion 2020
  • The following resources will be updated with changes after the release:
    • Create Initial COE (Form I-20)
    • Personal Information
    • Add Dependent
    • Update Dependent
    • Complete Transfer of F-1 SEVIS Record
    • Complete Transfer of M-1 SEVIS Record
    • View Employment Information
    • Unemployment Counter
    • F-1 Off Campus and International Organization Internship
    • F-1 Curricular Practical Training
    • F-1 Optional Practical Training
    • F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training
    • Student Report for School Officials

System Unavailability

Outage Begins Outage Scheduled to End

Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM (ET)

Sunday, August 30 at 11:59 PM (ET)

 

Currently, SEVP expects the outage to last 48 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 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM (ET) to Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 8:00 PM (ET)

SEVIS is unavailable for batch uploads.

No warnings issued at this time.