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Program Dates

Last updated 26-Jan-2018

General Information

Occasionally, a student’s program dates in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) need to be changed. The most common examples of this are:

  • When a designated school official (DSO) creates a transfer-in SEVIS record and enters an incorrect start date.
  • When a DSO completes Initial Student Registration on a record for an upcoming school session, but the student has already started at the school with an earlier session and program start date.

To change these dates, a program date correction must be completed. DSOs can submit a correction request to change the program dates. However, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) must approve this type of request. 

negative consequenceDo not confuse this program date correction with:

Request Change to Program Dates

To request a change to a student’s program dates:

1. Navigate to the Student Information page.

Screen shot of Student Information page  with Request Change to Program Dates option

2. Click Corrections. The Corrections Management page opens.

Screen shot of Request Change to Program Dates page
3. Click Request Change to Program Dates. The Correction Request: Program Dates page opens.

4. The existing field values are automatically populated. Change any of the incorrect fields.

Field Description
Program Start Date *
  • Date the student's program will begin/began.
  • This may be the date of any required orientations or other activities before the start of classes.
  • This is a required field.


Program End Date *
  • Expected date the student’s program will end.
  • Do not consider grace periods or any future employment authorizations. 
  • This is a required field.
Initial Session Start Date *
  • Date the student will begin/began classes.
  • This date cannot be more than 30 days after the Program Start Date.
  • This is a required field.
Correction Remarks *
  • Clearly explain why the correction is needed. 
  • Field has a 1000-character limit.
  • This is a required field.

5. Click one of the following:

  • Cancel: Cancels the action and returns the user to the student’s Corrections Management page.
  • Submit: Submits the correction request. The Submit Successful page opens. 

Screen shot of Submit Successful message.

negative consequenceThis page has the number assigned to the correction request. This case number will appear with the case information for this correction request on the Corrections Management page.
6.    Click one of the following:
  • Upload Evidence: The Upload Correction Request Evidence page opens. 

 For more information on uploading evidence, see the Upload Evidence for Correction Request guide on the SEVIS Help Hub. 


  • Return to Corrections Management Page: Returns to the Corrections Management page.
  • Return to the Student Information Page: Returns to the Student Information page.

Evidence to Upload at Time of Submission

  • If there is not enough room to explain this request in the Correction Remarks field, upload an additional letter of explanation.
  • If the student has entered early and needs an earlier start date, send a copy of the I-94 document and the student’s current registration for the earlier school session.

Track Correction Request Processing

See the SEVIS Correction Requests Overview for an explanation of the correction request process, including notification from the SEVIS Help Desk of receipt of the correction request and its completion.

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.