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Interagency Coordination

Background

Stakeholders requested that SEVP take the lead on engaging with partner agencies to ensure a more consistent interpretation and application of federal regulation concerning the international student life cycle.

Specifically, stakeholders requested better coordination with partners such as U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on joint issues related to international students.

Government Response

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the Study in the States initiative to help streamline the student visa process, enhance coordination among government agencies, and keep international students and the U.S. academic community better informed about SEVP’s pertinent rules and regulations.

As part of this initiative, DHS launched the Study in the States website to share information from across the federal government to help stakeholders better understand the international student life cycle.

To further improve interagency coordination, SEVP launched the Government Voices Webinar Series in January 2018. The series provides a forum for government partners to discuss areas of shared responsibility. Government Voices webinars bring together different agencies from across the U.S. government to address specific topics about their role in the international student life cycle, and how federal agencies work together to resolve issues, streamline processes and better serve stakeholders.

In addition, Study in the States regularly publishes guest blog posts from partners such as USCIS, EducationUSA and the Office of Academic Engagement. Guest blog posts as well as Government Voices webinar resources are available on Study in the States.