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Form I-17 Petition Update - Programs of Study

Last updated 12-Jan-2018

Overview

Principal designated school officials (PDSOs) are required to submit an update to the school’s approved Form I-17 when information about the programs of study offered to nonimmigrant students changes. PDSOs must update the Form I-17 within 21 days of the change.

 Designated school officials (DSOs) can enter and save changes to the programs of study, but cannot submit the petition.

The Programs of Study page collects information about the programs of study your school offers international students. You should not include any programs of study you will not offer to nonimmigrant students.

Icon - Pay attention to an important pointSchool officials cannot issue any certificates of eligibility (Forms I-20) for any programs of study that are not both:

  • Listed on the Form I-17
  • Approved by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

The Programs of Study page collects information on:

  • Types of education the school offers
  • Areas of study
  • Degrees available
  • Time needed to complete the programs of study

Resources

The following resources provide useful information in updating programs of study: 

Resources on ICE.gov:

Regulations:

General Process

To update the programs of study, navigate to the School Information page.

1. Click Update School Information (Form I-17). The Contact Information page opens.

2. Click Page 2: Programs of Study link. The Update School Information (Form I-17), Programs of Study page opens.

3. Make any necessary updates. Specific field-level guidance by school type (Kindergarten through grade twelve or post-secondary F/M schools) is available below.

4. Click Submit. The Submit page opens. 

 

Update Programs of Study – Kindergarten through Grade 12 Schools

 

This School is Engaged In [Type of Education Offered]

5. Click the checkbox for all types of education your school offers to nonimmigrant students:

  • Private Elementary School – Select this option if your school is a private:
    • Kindergarten and/or
    • Elementary school

 

 Pre-kindergarten programs are not eligible for certification to enroll F- or M- students. Do not include them in your petition.

 

  • Private Middle School
  • Private High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Public High School (Grades 9-12) – Select this option if your school:
    • Is a public high school
    • Seeks certification for grades 9-12
    • Will only admit international students for one year
    • Will collect the full, unsubsidized per capita cost for providing education at the school

 

 Public schools are not eligible for certification to enroll F- or M- students in grades Kindergarten-8, per the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996.

 

 If you seek certification for a Kindergarten through 12th grade school, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) will not allow you to select any option reserved for post-secondary or M-1 schools. You must file a separate petition to cover those programs, if you offer them.

 

  • Other – Select this option if your school:
    • Is a private elementary school. In the text box, enter “Private Elementary School” and indicate the grade levels for internationals students, for example, Private Elementary school: grades 4-7.
    • Is a private middle school. In the text box, enter “Private Middle School” and indicate the grade levels for internationals students, for example, Private Middle school: grades 6-8.
    • Is a private high school that will not enroll international students in all four grades. In the text box, enter “Private High School” and indicate the grade levels for internationals students, for example, Private High school: grades 9-10.
    • Is a public high school that will limit international student enrollment to specific grade(s). In the text box, enter “Public High School” and indicate the grade levels for international students, for example, Public High School grade 11.

6. Based on the types of education checked, various statements display. Select one of the radio buttons in the statement(s):

  • If you select any of the K-12 options, SEVIS displays the following statement:

Note: You must select one of the radio buttons in the statement. You cannot leave the page without completing this section.

  • If you select Public High School, SEVIS displays the following statement:

Public High School: Select if the school charges the full per student cost for tuition and restricts students to one year of study.

Note: You must select one of the radio buttons in the statement. You cannot leave the page without completing this section.

Areas of Study

Click the checkbox for all areas of study your school will offer to nonimmigrant students. Your choices should relate to the type of educational programs your school offers, as listed in Field 2.1 above:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • English Language Training

Note: This applies only to stand-alone English language traning programs. 

  • Religious
  • Professional Studies
  • Vocational or Technical Training
  • Flight Training
  • Science
  • Education
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Other – If you select this option, enter the name of the area(s) of study into the text box, for example, elementary and secondary education

List Degrees Available from the School

SEVP must approve the degrees on a school’s Form I-17 before the school can issue Forms I-20 to students for their programs of study.

7. Select all diplomas, degrees, and certificates your school will offer nonimmigrant students.

  • SEVIS gives you a list of available diplomas, degrees, and certificates from which to choose.

 

 Kindergarten through grade 12 schools should only select from the following options:

  • K-12 Certification
  • K-12 Diploma
  • K-12 Other

 

  • You can change the list of degrees displayed on the screens by:
    • Changing the number of degrees displayed on the page
    • Searching for specific degrees or levels
    • Sorting by any of the column headings

 The Form I-17: Add/Remove Program Degrees on the SEVIS Help Hub describes how to use the features in this field.

8.  Click the degree you want to add to your petition:

  • SEVIS will highlight the line of any degree selected.
  • If you leave the page, SEVIS will save your selections. Upon your return to the page, SEVIS displays any selected degrees at the top of the list.
  • To de-select a degree that you had already elected, click on that degree. SEVIS will remove the highlight.

9. Select each degree available to nonimmigrant students.

Courses of Study and the Time Necessary to Complete Each

2.4 Courses of study and the time necessary to complete each

  • Enter the education level and time needed to complete each program of study at your school, for example, Grades K-7: 1 year per grade.
  • This field is required.

 Do not refer to your school’s website or catalog.

 

Program of Study Page Navigation Buttons

Function buttons at the bottom of the page include:

  • Save Draft – Saves changes made to the Form I-17 in draft without submitting changes.
  • Print Draft – Prints a draft Form I-17 without submitting changes.
  • Previous – Returns the user to Page 1: School Contact without submitting changes.
  • Next – Forwards the user to Page 3: Accreditations and Recognitions without submitting changes.
  • Cancel – Cancels all changes made to the Form I-17 without saving the entered changes and restores the previous, saved values. After confirming the delete action, SEVIS returns to the School Contact page.

Update Programs of Study – Post-Secondary F and M Institutions

This School Is engaged In [Type of Education Offered]

2.1 This school is engaged in (check all that apply)

1. Click the checkboxes for all types of education your school offers to nonimmigrant students.

Icon - Additional information is availableSome combinations of education types requires filing two separate certification petitions. 

 

  • Vocational or Technical Education (M-1) – Select this option if your school:
    • Is a community college, junior college, or other school that provides technical or vocational training.

    • Offers airplane maintenance training, simulator training, and/or related operations that do not involve flight training. These programs must hold Part 142, Part 165, 147, etc. certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

  • Flight Training – Select this option if your school engages in flight training that requires Part 141 certification from the FAA.

 

Icon - Additional information is availableSpecial notes for flight and flight-related programs:

  • Review the SEVP guidance on flight training.
  • You may need to select multiple boxes to cover all the programs offered at your school.
  • SEVP does not accept FAA provisional status as certification. Your school must be Part 141 or Part 142 certified by the FAA.

 

 

Icon - Negative consequenceDo not check this box for English training that is part of a vocational or technical program, such as flight training or a medical specialty. This checkbox is for English training that is part of the program itself.

  • Higher Education – Select this option if your school:
    • Is a community college, junior college, college, or university that issues one or more of the following degrees:

      • Associate

      • Bachelor’s

      • Master’s

      • Doctorate

      • Professional degrees

    • Is a community or junior college that provides vocational or technical training and awards recognized associate degrees.

    • Is engaged in aviation-related higher education.

  • Other – F-1 post secondary and M-1 schools should NOT use this field.

2. Based on the types of education checked, various statements display. Select one of the radio buttons in the statement(s):

  • If you select Vocational or Technical Education (M-1), SEVIS displays the following statement:

Vocational or Technical Education (M-1): This does or does not quality its graduates for employment in the occupation for which preparation is offered.

Note: You must select one of the radio buttons in the statement. You cannot leave the page without completing this section.

  • If you select Flight Training, SEVIS displays the following statement:

Vocational/Technical/Flight School: Select if this school does or does not qualify its graduates for employment in the occupation for which preparation is offered.

Note: You must select one of the radio buttons in the statement. You cannot leave the page without completing this section.

  • If you select Higher Education, SEVIS displays the following statement:

Higher Education: Select whether this school does or does not confer recognized Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's, Professional or Divinity degrees. Select whether its credits are or are not recognized by or transferable to institutions of study which confer degrees

Note: You must select one of the radio buttons in the statement. You cannot leave the page without completing this section.

Areas of Study

2.2 Areas of Study (check all that apply)

Click the checkbox for all areas of study your school will offer to nonimmigrant students. Your choices should relate to the type of educational programs your school offers, as listed in Field 2.1 above:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • English Language Training

Note: This applies only to stand alone English language training programs.

  • Religious
  • Professional Studies
  • Vocational or Technical Training
  • Flight Training
  • Science
  • Education
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Other – If you select this option, enter the name of the area(s) of study into the text box, for example, elementary and secondary education

List Degrees Available from the School

SEVP must approve the degrees on a school's Form I-17 before the school can issue Forms I-20 to students for their programs of study. 

2.3 List degrees available from this school

1. Select all diplomas, degrees, and certificates your school will offer nonimmigrant students. 

  • SEVIS gives you a list of available diplomas, degrees, and certificates from which to choose. 

 

Icon - Best PracticeThis list may not exactly match the names of the degrees offered at your school. Work with your school’s registrar or chief academic officer to identify the appropriate degrees. You can export the SEVIS list of available degrees.

 

  • You can change the list of degrees displayed on the screens by:

    • Changing the number of degrees displayed on the page

    • Searching for specific degrees or levels

    • Sorting by any of the column headings

Icon - Additional information is availableThe Form I-17: Add/Remove Program Degrees on the SEVIS Help Hub describes how to use the features in this field.

2. Click the degree you want to add to your petition:

  • SEVIS will highlight the line of any degree selected.
  • If you leave the page, SEVIS will save your selections. Upon your return to the page, SEVIS displays any selected degrees at the top of the list.
  • To de-select a degree that you had already elected, click on that degree. SEVIS will remove the highlight.

3. Select each degree available to nonimmigrant students.

Courses of Study and Time Necessary to Complete Each

2.4 Courses of study and time necessary to complete each

 

1. By education level, enter the time in weeks/months/years and total credits/clock hours needed to complete each program of study at your school. This field is required.

  • List exceptions to and differences from that standard by program of study name, education level, and time necessary to complete (in years, months, or weeks with total credit/clock hours required.
  • Flight training schools: List each certificate/rating for which your school seeks certification.

    • Use the name of the course as it appears on the list of FAA-approved courses.
    • Enter the time it takes to complete each course in week, months, or years.
    • If your programs of study incorporate multiple certificates/rating, list each of them individually. 
  • Private elementary/middle and/or high schools: List each grade level for which you are applying for certification (e.g. grades K-7), as well as the amount of time it takes to complete each grade level.
  • Non-degree related programs or English language training programs: List the hours per week of instruction and the total hours/weeks required to complete the program.

2. If you selected “Other” program of study on field 2.3, use this field to specify the following information for each program:

  • Education level.
  • Name of program of study.
  • Time needed to complete (in years/months/weeks).
  • Total credit hours or clock hours to complete the program.

 

Icon - Negative consequence Do not refer to your school’s website or catalog. 

Examples:

  • Bachelor’s Degrees: Four years/120 credits; Except: Bachelors of Science in Nursing: five years/140 credits
  • Master’s Degree: Two Years/60 credits; Except: Executive MBA: 18 Months/60 credits; Master’s in Psychology: 3 years/60 credits plus one year clinical practicum
  • ESL: Levels 1-4: 10 weeks/300 clock hours; Level 5: 5-weeks/100 clock hours
  • Master’s Certificate in Conflict Resolution: 9 months/20 credits

Program of Study Page Navigation Buttons

Function buttons at the bottom of the page include:

  • Save Draft – Saves changes made to the Form I-17 in draft without submitting changes.
  • Print Draft – Prints a draft Form I-17 without submitting changes.
  • Previous – Returns the user to Page 1: School Contact without submitting changes.
  • Next – Forwards the user to Page 3: Accreditations and Recognitions without submitting changes.
  • Cancel – Cancels all changes made to the Form I-17 without saving the entered changes and restores the previous, saved values. After confirming the delete action, SEVIS returns to the School Contact page. 

Submit the Petition in SEVIS and Upload Evidence

The final action in SEVIS is to submit the petition update, and upload required evidence. Only the PDSO can submit the update.

1. After entering all Form I-17 Petition Update information…

2. Click Submit on the Update School Information (Form I-17) page. The Submit page opens.

Are you ready to submit your petition? Follow the steps below to complete the submission process.

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

4. 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.

5. Complete the PDSO Attestation and enter your SEVIS password to sign the petition update. 

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

Note: Ensure that your school is ready to submit all evidence before you click Continue. If the school is not ready to provide evidence once they reach the Upload Evidence page, the only option will be to cancel the petition and begin the process again.

You can now upload evidence to support your petition.

7. Click Upload Evidence. The Upload Evidence modal opens.

Upload Evidence modal

8. Click Browse to find the evidence file to upload.

9. Navigate to and select the file.

10. Choose the Evidence Type from the drop-down list.

11. Click Upload.

12. Repeat Steps 5-9 until there are no more files to upload.

13. Click either Submit Petition or Cancel Petition on the Upload Evidence: Form I-17 page:

  • Submit Petition: Confirms that the school does not have any more evidence to provide and completes the filing process.

    • A message displays confirming the completion of the filing process. 

Alert Popup - You have now submitted your petition and evidence to SEVP.

  • Click Ok. The School Information page opens.

  • Cancel Petition: When the school needs to obtain more evidence and is not ready to submit the petition at this time, this function cancels the petition update and returns the user to the School Information page.

 

Icon - Time-sensitive action 

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.

SEVP Processing

SEVP processes the petition updates in the order received.

Request for Evidence

If SEVP needs additional information, you may receive a request for evidence (RFE). You may be asked to provide additional information or to edit the Form I-17 petition during the adjudication process. RFEs will describe what you need to do.

Icon - Time-sensitive action RFEs have a strict response deadline. SEVP may deny your petition, if you do not respond to the RFE by the deadline.

Decision

SEVP will email the decision to all school officials at the school.

Icon Guide

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