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SEVIS Remarks on the COE (Form I-20)

Last updated 25-Jan-2018

This job aid is a guide for determining which remarks entered in SEVIS will print on the Primary and Dependent Forms I-20 when entered into SEVIS. 

Page Field Name Prints on I-20 Commentary
Create Student
Education Level Other Remarks
No  
English Proficiency Remarks Yes
Is English proficiency required by the school?
  • If No, prints only first 18 characters in English Proficiency Remarks.
  • If Yes and student DOES HAVE proficiency, any explanation entered does not print; instead, English Proficiency Remarks read: Student is proficient.
  • If Yes and student DOES NOT HAVE proficiency, any explanation entered does not print; instead English proficiency Remarks read: Student is not proficient.
 
Financials Yes
  • Specify Other costs, School fund type, and Other source type clarifications. 
  • Prints in Financials section on Page 1.
Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Registration (Initial) Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Replaces any existing text in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Replaces any existing text in the Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Note: The registration and date will appear under Event History on Page 2.
 
Add Dependent Remarks No Note: Remarks do not appear on the dependent’s new Form I-20 either.
Update Dependent Remarks No Note: Remarks do not appear on the dependent’s new Form I-20 either.
Terminate Dependent Termination Reason; If “Other”, Explain here: No  
Authorize to Drop Below Remarks No Note: Authorization event, starting and ending dates appear under Other Authorizations section on Page 2.
Update Financial Information Remarks Yes
  • Specify Other costs, School fund type and Other source type clarifications print on Page 1.
  • Primary – Replaces any existing text in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Replaces any existing text in the Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Update Personal Information Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Update Program Information Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Add CPT Employment Relation to Curriculum No  
Employment Remarks Yes Prints in Comments field in corresponding Employment Authorization section on Page 2.
Student Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Add Off-Campus Employment Recommendation Yes Prints in Comments field in corresponding Employment Authorization section on Page 2.
Student Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Add OPT Employment Related to Coursework No  
Employment Remarks  Yes Prints in Comments field in Employment Authorization section on Page 2.
Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Shorten Program Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Extend Program Medical Or Academic Circumstances That Necessitate Extension Yes
  • Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Disciplinary Action
Explanation No  
Create I-20 For Change of Educational Level Education Level Other Remarks No  
English Proficiency Remarks Yes
Is English proficiency required by the school?
  • If No, prints only first 18 characters in English Proficiency Remarks.
  • If Yes and student DOES HAVE proficiency, any explanation entered does not print; instead, English Proficiency Remarks read: Student is proficient.
  • If Yes and student DOES NOT HAVE proficiency, any explanation entered does not print; instead English proficiency Remarks read: Student is not proficient.
Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Cancel Change of Education Level Remarks No  
Defer Attendance Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Transfer Out Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Transfer In Pending Education Level Other Remarks No  
English Proficiency Remarks Yes
Is English proficiency required by the school?
  • If No, prints only first 18 characters in English Proficiency Remarks.
  • If Yes and student DOES HAVE proficiency, any explanation entered does not print; instead, English Proficiency Remarks read: Student is proficient.
  • If Yes and student DOES NOT HAVE proficiency, any explanation entered does not print; instead English proficiency Remarks read: Student is not proficient.
Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Replaces any existing text in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Note: Form Issue Reason changes to Transfer Pending-Name of Transfer In School.
Reprint I-20 Remarks No  
Terminate Student Otherwise Failing To Maintain Status Explanation No  
Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Complete Program Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.
Student Reinstatement Education Level Other Remarks No  
English Proficiency Remarks Yes
Is English proficiency required by the school?
  • If No, prints only first 18 characters in English Proficiency Remarks.
  • If Yes and student DOES HAVE proficiency, any explanation entered does not print; instead, English Proficiency Remarks read: Student is proficient.
  • If Yes and student DOES NOT HAVE proficiency, any explanation entered does not print; instead English proficiency Remarks read: Student is not proficient.
Remarks Yes
  • Primary – Prints in Remarks section on Page 1.
  • Dependent – Prints in Remarks For Student section on Page 2.