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School Certification

Last updated 13-Mar-2018

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

Form I-17 - Initial Certification

In this section, you can learn about the initial school certification process with SEVP.

Update School Information

In this section, the content outlines information for Designated school officials (DSOs) since they are responsible for ensuring that information on their institution’s Form I-17, Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Students, is up-to-date. 

Form I-17 - Recertification

In this section, learn about the Form I-17 school recertification process. 

Form I-17: Upload Evidence

In this section, you can find information about the process for uploading supporting evidence for the initial Form I-17 petition, petition updates, recertification and for RFE responses with SEVP. 

Form I-17 - Pay Fees

In this section, the user explains the electronic submission of fee payments. When applying for initial certification of an F-1/M-1 student visa program, there are two non-refundable fees that must be paid to the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at one time:

  • Form I-17 filing fee
  • Campus site visit fee (one for each campus included on the Form I-17)