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Alert: DOS Inability to Issue F, M and J Visas

"The Department of State (DoS) has recently identified difficulties with its Consolidated Consular Database (CCD) communicating with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). DoS discovered this issue on November 14, 2011. SEVP...

Alert: DOS resumes issuance of F, M and J visas

"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 Message 1111-02 – Comment, Nov. 21, 2011 .

Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number

[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 on this Broadcast Message, please e-mail SEVP...

DHS Announces Expanded List of STEM Degree Programs

" 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 (OPT) extension. This announcement builds on a...

CBP Discontinues Stamping Form I-20 At Ports of Entry: NAFSA

"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) look for a stamp on these documents before...

Extra Screening for Returning Student Visa Holders

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 first security change directly related...

DHS Report on International Students Studying in USA

" 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 in the United States, Wednesday. The report...

SEVP Deploys More Field Reps to Schools

"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 students and SEVP. The program, housed within U.S...

SEVP releases 2015 international student data, launches interactive mapping tool

" "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) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The report...

Scammers Target Foreign Students in Chicago: ICE Alert

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 the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information...

Latest ICE Foreign Student and Exchange Visitor Stats: Aug. 2015

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 international students. • Seventy-seven...

SEVP Releases Quarterly International Student Data

ICE, Dec. 17, 2015 - "There are 1.2 million international students using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa to study in the United States according to the latest "SEVIS by the Numbers," a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor...

Threading the STEM OPT Needle - News from SEVIS (ICE, May 5, 2016)

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 its guidance on the handling of 24-month extensions...

SEVIS Broadcast Message on MAVNI (Dec. 2, 2016)

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.1, 2016 to Sep. 30, 2017. The U.S. Army will not...