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School Records

Last updated 28-Jun-2017

Explore school certification information, including filing initial petitions, updating the Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student,” and completing the SEVIS annual verification.

PDSO and DSO Role Comparison

In this section, learn about the SEVIS tasks assigned to principal designated school officials (PDSO) and designated school officials (DSO). PDSOs and DSOs have different functions and SEVIS reporting responsibilities that are outlined in the section.

PDSO/DSO Annual Verification

All SEVP-certified schools must complete the annual verification in SEVIS. In this section, learn how to verify that your school’s principal designated school officials (PDSO) and designated school officials (DSO) require access to SEVIS.

School Information

The school information page is the main hub for actions a primary school official (PDSO) can take on a school record. It shows the school's current SEVP-approved information, the school’s event history, and allows PDSOs to update the school's Form I-17 Petition, register for batch processing and request password resets for DSOs as necessary.

School History

This page contains information about viewing and printing the Form I-17 when certification/petition updates are pending.

School Certification

Learn how to create and maintain the Form I-17, "Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student."

School Comparison Chart: Full Course of Study and Employment

This is chart explains the primary differences between different types of F and M schools regarding full courses of study and employment options.

Form I-17 - View and Print

SEVIS school officials can view and print their Form I-17 Petition. This article explains how to find and print both versions of the form.