SEVIS Release 6.49 Planning Guide Last updated: April 7, 2020 Quick Links:Scheduled Release Date: November 17, 2019Functionality in the ReleaseRelease ResourcesSystem Unavailability Batch Users Expand All | Collapse All Scheduled Release Date: November 17, 2019 Functionality in the Release Functionality Affects F/M SEVIS Affects J SEVIS Affects Batch DSOs may upload the Form I 983 in SEVIS when recommending initial STEM OPT, adding a STEM employer, and at the 12 and 24 month self-evaluation reporting periods. Yes No Yes, but no schema change* Alert list for students needing I-983 upload. Yes No No Temporary SEVIS users and PDSOs will see an error message when adding a new school official to the Form I 17, who may have an existing active SEVIS account. Yes No No Temporary SEVIS users, ROs, and AROs will see an error message when adding a new sponsor official to the Form DS 3036, who may have an existing active SEVIS account. No Yes No * Batch users recommending STEM OPT extensions or completing STEM reporting must log in to SEVIS to upload the Form I-983. Release Resources SEVIS Release 6.49 Planning Guide The following resources will be updated with changes after the release: o SEVIS Help Hub articles: F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension F-1 Add, Edit, Delete Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employer Form I-17 – Initial School Certification Form I-17 Petition Update – Manage School Officials SEVIS Job Aid: Update School Officials System Unavailability Outage Begins Outage Scheduled to End Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM (ET) Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM (ET) Currently, SEVP expects the outage to last four 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 Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM (ET) to 11:59 PM (ET) SEVIS is unavailable for batch uploads. No warnings issued at this time.