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Understanding SEVIS Program and Session Dates

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Initial Reg

 

30 Days 
Before Program Start Date
Program Start Date Initial Session Start Session End Date Next Session Start Date SESSION END DATE PROGRAM END DATE
Earliest new or initial student 
can arrive
Report date Date classes begin at the school for the first session for which the student is expected to enroll Date classes end for the session Date classes begin at the school for the next session for which the student is expected to enroll Date classes end for  next session Date program of study ends
  • Student can use this time to get settled – find place to live, open bank account, etc.
  • Cannot be more than 30 days before classes start
  • Date orientation or required activities start – example: teaching assistant training
  • Student is in class or working on thesis/ dissertation
  • Enrolled as full time student under F/M regulations
  • Student begins break period
  • Student is in class or working on thesis/ dissertation
  • Enrolled as full time student under F/M regulations
  • Student begins break period
  • Expected date the student will meet all degree requirements
  • Does not include post-completion optional practical training
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All program and session dates entered in SEVIS must correspond to your school’s academic calendar.

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