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ICE to Hike Fees for Foreign Students, Exchange Visitors, Schools
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 22, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take... Read More

Embassy of India in DC Warns Students of DHS Fake University Visa Stings
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Embassy of India, Washington, DC, Apr. 10, 2019 - Advisory for Indian Students "In recent years, instances of '"fake" Universities set up by the US law enforcement agencies have come to light. According to the US law enforcement,... Read More

ICE Proposes to Raise Student Visa Fees
Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to individuals and organizations. DHS proposes to raise the... Read More

DHS Report on International Students Studying in USA
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), released “SEVIS by the Numbers,” a quarterly report of international students studying... Read More

Tags: sevis , report , students , sevp , ICE

Latest ICE Foreign Student and Exchange Visitor Stats: Aug. 2015
Posted on 3 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HIGHLIGHTS GENERAL DATA • There are currently 1.05 million F & M students studying in the United States. • There are currently 244,766 J-1 exchange visitors in the United States. • There are 8,887 U.S. schools certified by SEVP to enroll... Read More

Extra Screening for Returning Student Visa Holders
Posted on 4 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Homeland Security Department ordered border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the U.S. has a valid student visa, according to an internal memorandum obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The new procedure is the government's... Read More

DHS Announces Expanded List of STEM Degree Programs
Posted on 14 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training... Read More

Tags: sevis , program list , STEM , ICE

Scammers Target Foreign Students in Chicago: ICE Alert
Posted on 7 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This SEVIS I-901 Fee Fraud Alert was broadcast on May 6, 2015 by ICE: "Recently, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) became aware that scammers are targeting students in the Chicago area in an attempt to solicit funds on behalf of... Read More

Tags: alert , sevis , Chicago , i-901 , Fraud , ICE

Threading the STEM OPT Needle - News from SEVIS (ICE, May 5, 2016)
Posted on 6 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE Broadcast Message 1605-01, May 5, 2016, Revised Guidance for SEVIS Workarounds and STEM OPT Transition - "After consultation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is revising... Read More

Tags: sevis , step , opt , workarounds , ICE

SEVP Deploys More Field Reps to Schools
Posted on 17 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) deployed 14 additional field representatives to territories across the country this week. The field representatives serve as liaisons between the nearly 9,000 U.S. schools that enroll international... Read More

Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number
Posted on 20 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

[Source: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bm1112-05-dmv-timing.pdf ] To: All SEVIS Users Date: January 17, 2012 Re: Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number Number: 1112-05 Comments To comment... Read More

SEVP releases 2015 international student data, launches interactive mapping tool
Posted on 25 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" "SEVIS by the Numbers," a quarterly report on international students studying in the United States, was released Wednesday by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE... Read More

SEVIS Broadcast Message on MAVNI (Dec. 2, 2016)
Posted on 6 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Dec. 2, 2016 - "The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently received notice from the U.S. Department of Defense on the status of Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017), from Oct... Read More

Tags: sevis , mavni , sevp

Alert: DOS resumes issuance of F, M and J visas
Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"SEVP and DoS have resolved the interface difficulties between their respective systems as of close of business, November 18, 2011. DoS has instructed embassies and consulate to resume issuing F, M, and J visas immediately." - ICE, Broadcast... Read More

CBP Discontinues Stamping Form I-20 At Ports of Entry: NAFSA
Posted on 19 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On August 15, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unofficially confirmed for NAFSA that: "CBP is no longer stamping I-20s at POEs. Recognizing that some staff at certain benefit granting agencies (for example, motor vehicle agencies... Read More

Tags: sevis , cbp , nafsa , stamping , i-20