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Form I-17 Petition Update - Contact Information

Last updated 12-Jan-2018

Overview

Regulations require Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified institutions report any material changes to the Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student.” SEVP-certified institutions are required to keep all Form I-17 sections up to date in order to ensure the Form I-17 reflects the institution’s current operating status.

Principal designated school officials (PDSOs) must update their institution’s Form I-17 when information on the petition changes or does not reflect the institution’s current operating status. Such changes must be reported within 21 days of the change. This includes changes to information on the Form I-17’s Page 1: Contact Information.

 SEVP recommends that designated school officials (DSOs) review the institution’s Form I-17 on a regular basis to ensure it reflects the school’s most up-to-date information.

 

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Icon - Additional information is availableFor more information about other petition updates, see the SEVIS Help Hub for the following articles:

Process

To update your school’s contact information on the Form I-17:

1. Navigate to the Listing of Schools page.

2. Click the school's drop-down list and select the school to edit. The selected school name displays as a hyperlink below the drop-down menu.

3. Click the hyperlinked school name. The School Information page opens with the name of the school displayed at the top.

4. Click the Update School Information (Form I-17) link in the Actions section. The Update School Information (Form I-17): Contact Information page opens.

5. The school’s current contact information pre-populates the fields. Update the school’s contact information, as necessary:

  • 1.1 Approval for Attendance of Students Under – Select the classification(s) for the Programs of Study in which you are petitioning to enroll nonimmigrant students:

  • Section 101(a)(15)(f) of the Act (academic and language students)
  • Section 101(a)(15)(m) of the Act (vocational students)
     
  • 1.2 Name of School or School System – Enter the full legal name of one of the following:

  • Name of the School, if the school is either:
    • An individual school.
    • Part of a larger school system, but will manage its own F and/or M program.
  • Name of the School System, if the F or M program for multiple schools will be centrally managed:
    • Public high school (9-12) system should enter the name of the school district.
    • Diocese kindergarten–12 schools should enter the name of the diocese in this field.
    • Public university system where the F and/or M program is centrally managed.

 

 Ensure the name of your school is consistent with the name listed on the school’s state licensing and/or accreditation information. If your school has a “doing business as” (DBA) name, please include it in this field, preceded by “DBA.” For example, ABC Corp DBA 123 Academy. 

 Entries for the Name of School System may be the name of an individual school; however, school systems have the option of applying for certification as a whole. “School System” describes a system comprised of public high schools (grades 9-12) or private schools, including dioceses, (grades kindergarten-12).

  • 1.3 Name of Main Campus – Enter the full name of your main instructional site:

 

 

 For most schools, the name of the main institutional site [campus] is the location of the principal administration offices. Often, the answers for Name of School System and Name of Main Campus are the same.

 Officials of school systems should supply the name of the location, such as “District Office.” 

  • 1.4 Mailing Address of the School – Enter the mailing address of your main instructional site. This address may include a Post Office (PO) Box number:

  After a user enters an address in the Mailing Address field, SEVIS checks if the address is valid. If the address is valid, the address is added to the form. If the address is invalid, SEVIS may suggest an address.

 

  For further information on SEVIS addresses, see Study in the States SEVIS Help Hub’s SEVIS Addresses User Guide

 

  • 1.5 Telephone Number – Enter the school’s main telephone number:

  • 1.6 Fax Number – Enter or update the school’s main fax number:

  • 1.7 Physical Location of the School (No P.O. Boxes) – Enter the physical address of your school, if it is different from the mailing address.

Note: Click the checkbox if the physical address is the same as the mailing address.

  • This field cannot include a P.O. Box.
  • For an individual school, enter the physical address for the main instructional site.
  • For a school system, enter the physical location of the main administrative offices.
    • For a public school system (grades 9-12), enter the address of the district office.
    • For a private kindergarten-12 system with record keeping centralized at a main office or school, enter the address of the main office or school.

 After a user enters an address in the Physical Address field, SEVIS will check if the address is valid. If the address is valid, the address is added to the petition. If the address is invalid, SEVIS may suggest an alternate address. 

Icon - Additional information is available  For further information on SEVIS addresses, see Study in the States SEVIS Help Hub’s SEVIS Addresses User Guide

 

  • 1.8 School Type – Click the radio button that best describes your school:

 

  • School type refers to the general nature of school ownership:
    • Private, for profit – Your school is privately owned and operated for profit.
    • Private, non-profit – Your school is privately owned and is classified as a non-profit organization.
    • Public – Your school is not privately owned.
  • If your school is privately owned, SEVIS displays two additional fields to collect information about the owner.

Note: Publicly owned schools will not see these additional fields.

  • 1.9 Private School Owner – Enter the name of the owner of the school:
    • If an individual owns the school, enter the name of the person who owns the school.
    • Private, not-for-profit schools – List the name of the non-profit and the controlling structure that oversees the operations and decisions of the school, for example, SEVP Non Profit – Member Board.
    • Private, for-profit schools – Enter the corporation name and the governing body, for example, SEVP School for Advanced SEVIS Study – Board of Directors.

 

 Do not enter the individual names of members of a governing board. 

 

  • 1.10 Owner’s Address – Enter the address of the school owner.

 After a user enters an address in the Owner’s Address field, SEVIS will check if the address is valid. If the address is valid, the address is added to the petition. If the address is invalid, SEVIS may suggest an alternate address. 

 

 For further information on SEVIS addresses, see Study in the States SEVIS Help Hub’s SEVIS Addresses User Guide

6. Function buttons at the bottom of the page include:

  • Save Draft – Saves all changes made to the Form I-17 in draft without submitting changes.
  • Print Draft – Prints a new Form I-17 without submitting changes.
  • Next – Forwards the user to Page 2: Programs of Study without submitting changes.
  • Cancel – Cancels all changes made to the Form I-17 without saving changes and restores previous saved values.

7. Click Submit in the top, left corner of the page to open the submission page.

 

8. Click View Edits to verify all information is accurate.

9. Ensure all supporting documentation is ready to upload. If the petition update requires a signed Form I-17, click Print Petition at the bottom of this page, and collect the required signatures.

Note: If the petitioner does not print the form before leaving this page, schools will be unable to upload a signed Form-I-17. If the school needs to gather more supporting documentation, use the left navigation pane to return to the form and save the petition as a draft.

10. Complete the PDSO Attestation and enter your SEVIS password to sign the recertification petition. 

11. Click Continue only when the school is ready to submit the petition along with ALL required supporting documentation. The Upload Evidence: Form I-17 page opens.

Upload Evidence

Once you submit the information in SEVIS, you must upload the required evidence to SEVP through SEVIS.

12. Click Upload Evidence to browse for files to upload. Once you select a file, choose an Evidence Type from the drop-down list.

13. Repeat steps 1-2 until all files have been uploaded:

  • Confirm that the school has no more evidence to provide by selecting Submit Petition. A message displays confirming the completion of the filing process. The School Information page opens.
  • If the school needs to obtain more evidence, and is not ready to submit the petition at this time, select Cancel Petition. This cancels the petition update and returns the user to the School Information page.

Note: PDSOs must provide all required evidence at the same time as they submit the petition update in SEVIS. School officials must ensure that all required documentation is ready at the time of filing the petition update. 

Time-sensitive action For more information about uploading evidence, read the Form I-17 Upload Evidence article on the SEVIS Help Hub.

For guidance on what evidence is required for petition updates, visit http://www.ice.gov/sevis/schools or see below for the definitions of evidence, and the required evidence checklist:

 

 

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See the SEVIS Help Icons Job Aid on the SEVIS Help Hub for a quick-reference of the icons used in this user guide.