Module 2:   Becoming a Nonimmigrant Student

 

Introduction
School officials must possess the knowledge and expertise to provide instruction to prospective students on how they can become nonimmigrant students in the United States. This module outlines the process — from a prospective student’s submission of an application to an SEVP-certified school in the United States to enrollment in a program of study.

 

There are two lessons:

 

  Lesson 1: Applying to Become a Nonimmigrant Student

  Lesson 2: Nonimmigrant Student Arrival and Change of Status

Lesson 1: Applying to Become a Nonimmigrant Student
This Lesson looks at the responsibilities of the prospective nonimmigrant student and the school during the admission process.

 

Several events must take place before a prospective nonimmigrant student may attend school in the United States. The process involves the following:

 

  The prospective student applies to one or more SEVP-certified schools

  Each school determines if the prospective student fully meets its admission requirements and has the financial ability to pay for the education and living expenses

  If admission and financial requirements are met, each school that admits the student creates an Initial SEVIS record and issues a Form I-20 for the student

  Each school sends a copy of its Form I-20, signed by a DSO, to the prospective student

  The prospective student chooses a school and pays the SEVIS I-901 fee. (See the SEVP Web site at www.ice.gov/sevis for a full list of questions and answers regarding the SEVIS I-901 fee.)
  The prospective student then applies to one of the following:

 

      • The local U.S. consulate or embassy for a visa (see the DOS Web site at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html for more information on student visas and applications);

      • The U.S. POE directly, if the student is a citizen of a visa exempt country; or

      • USCIS for a change of status to F-1 or M-1, if the prospective student is in the United States in another nonimmigrant status(see the USCIS Web site at www.uscis.gov).

Topic 1: Student Responsibilities


A prospective student begins the process by applying to one or more SEVP-certified schools. Once accepted, the student is responsible for paying the SEVIS I-901 fee and then applying for a visa (unless visa exempt) or a change of status if already in the United States. Topic 1 examines these steps in greater depth.

 

After completing this Topic, you will be able to:

 

  Locate the list of SEVP-certified schools

  Coach a prospective student on how to pay the I-901 fee

  Advise a prospective student of the visa requirements

  Advise a prospective student on how and when to file for a change of status

Applying to SEVP-Certified Schools

 

Like U.S. citizens, prospective nonimmigrant students must apply to each SEVP-certified school they wish to attend by submitting an application for admission. A prospective nonimmigrant student starts by identifying schools that are certified by SEVP for attendance by F-1 and/or M-1 nonimmigrant students. A list of SEVP-certified schools is available on the SEVP Web site at www.ice.gov/sevis.

 

Prospective nonimmigrant students outside the United States may visit DOS-sponsored overseas counseling centers. These Education USA centers are set up to counsel international students on higher education and study opportunities in the United States. For more information, see the educationUSA Web site at http://www.educationusa.state.gov/centers.htm.

 

When your school receives an application for admission from a prospective nonimmigrant student, you must determine if the student meets your criteria for admission and has adequate funds to meet tuition and living expenses.

 

Keep complete records on the students your school accepts. Each accepted student’s record must contain the student’s written application, transcripts or other records of courses taken, proof of financial responsibility and other supporting documents.

 

Record an accepted student’s specific biographical and financial information in SEVIS. This information, plus information about your school and the prospective student’s program of study, is necessary in order to issue the student a Form I-20.

 

A prospective student may apply to multiple schools and receive a Form I-20 from each school at which the student is accepted. However, the student must use only the Form I-20 from the school that he or she intends to attend when paying the SEVIS I-901 fee and when applying for a student visa.

Paying the SEVIS I-901 Fee

 

Prospective nonimmigrant students must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to applying for a student visa, applying for student status at a POE or applying for a change of status within the United States. For detailed information on payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee, please see http://www.fmjfee.com.  Students can obtain proof of the SEVIS I-901 fee payment several ways:

 

  The receipt that can be printed after paying online at http://www.fmjfee.com with a credit card

  The receipt issued by Western Union when using the Western Union quickpay option to remit payment

  The Form I-797 receipt

  Through fmjfee.com (allow three business days for the interface with the DOS database to record the payment)

 

In most instances, a nonimmigrant student is required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee only once.

Applying for a Student Visa

 

Prospective nonimmigrant students outside of the United States, who are not visa exempt, must apply to their local U.S. consulate or embassy for an F-1 or M-1 visa.

 

Each U.S. embassy and consulate has a Web site linked to http://usembassy.state.gov/. This Web site will have information on how to apply for a student visa and how to make an interview appointment.

 

A student must bring several items to the interview:

  A signed Form I-20 issued by the school the student plans to attend

  A completed application Form DS-156, together with a Form DS-158. Both forms must be completed and signed. Some applicants will also be required to complete and sign Form DS-157. Children need a separate form, even if they are included in a parent's passport.

  A passport valid for at least six months after the proposed date of entry into the United States

  One (1) 2"x2" photograph

  A fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee, a visa issuance fee if applicable (please consult the Visa Reciprocity Table located at http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/reciprocity/reciprocity_3272.html ) and a separate SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.

 

Because each prospective student's personal and academic situation differs, consular officials may ask applicants, applying for the same type of visa, for different documents. For that reason, the guidelines that follow are general and may differ based on the applicant.

 

All applicants should be prepared to provide:

 

  Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended;

  Scores from standardized tests required by the educational institution such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.; and

  Financial evidence showing that the prospective student or sponsor has sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses during the period of intended study. For example:

 

-  If the student or sponsor is a salaried employee, the applicant should bring income tax documents and original bank records and/or statements.

-  If the student or sponsor owns a business, the applicant should bring business registration, licenses, etc., and tax documents, as well as original bank records and/or statements.

 

Applicants with dependents must also provide proof of relationship to their spouse and/or children (e.g., marriage and birth certificates).

 

DOS prefers that families apply for F-1 and F-2 visas at the same time, but if the spouse and children must apply separately, they should bring a copy of the student’s passport and visa, along with all other required documents.
Module 2:   Becoming a Nonimmigrant Student

Lesson 1:  Overview of How a Foreign Visitor Becomes an F or M nonimmigrant Student
Topic 1: Student Responsibilities
Applying for Entry Into the United States for Visa Exempt Students

 

Prospective nonimmigrant students from visa exempt countries do not need to visit a U.S. consulate or embassy to apply for a visa. These students, after being issued a Form I-20 and paying the SEVIS I-901 fee, may apply for entry at a U.S. POE. A CBP officer at the U.S. POE will determine their eligibility for entry into the United States.

 

Visa exempt nonimmigrant students should be prepared to present all supporting financial and academic documentation upon arrival at the U.S. POE in order to be admitted into the United States as an F-1 or M-1 nonimmigrant student.

Applying for a Change of Status

 

Individuals can enter the United States in one nonimmigrant status and then change their purpose for being here. Their activities are limited to those activities allowed by the corresponding nonimmigrant status.

 

For example, a person may enter the United States as a B-1 visitor and later decide to stay to study. Since the person is changing his or her purpose from tourism to education, a change of status is needed.

 

A prospective nonimmigrant student currently in the United States in another nonimmigrant status may apply to SEVP-certified schools. If your school accepts the student, issue an Initial Form I-20 for reason of Change of Status. The prospective student must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and then file a Form I-539, application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status with USCIS. The student can find the Form I-539 and instructions on the USCIS Web site at www.uscis.gov.

 

Most classes of nonimmigrants can begin studying while their applications for change of status are pending with USCIS. However, those that are currently in B-1, B-2, F-2, or M-2 status cannot begin their studies prior to approval of their change of status. Also, B-1 or B-2 visitors should file for an extension of status if their B-1 or B-2 status will expire while their change of status applications are pending with USCIS or before the study program start date. You can help the applicants check the USCIS Web site to find the current processing times for change of status applications.

 

Nonimmigrant students that initially entered as M-1 nonimmigrants are not permitted to change status to F-1 while in the United States. An M-1 student who wants to become an F-1 student must depart the United States and apply for an F-1 visa (unless visa exempt).

Topic 2: School Responsibilities: Creating a SEVIS Record for a Nonimmigrant Student


For an SEVP-certified school to create a Form I-20 for a prospective nonimmigrant student, it must, by law, collect certain information on that student and enter that information into SEVIS.

 

After completing this Topic, you will be able to:

 

  Define the terms, Initial and Active record

  Populate and create an Initial Form I-20

  Understand how the system accounts for multiple Forms I-20

  Apply appropriate process for canceling and terminating SEVIS records

Creating the SEVIS Record

 

Once your school approves a prospective nonimmigrant student's application for admission, you are required to use the biographical and financial information provided by the student to create an Initial SEVIS record for the student.

 

SEVIS assigns each student record your school creates a unique SEVIS identification number (SEVIS ID number). SEVIS uses all this information to generate the student’s Form I-20, which includes the SEVIS ID number.

 

It is critical that you populate the student’s record completely and accurately. Pay particular attention to the name and date of birth fields. SEVP has provided a Data Integrity FAQ (see http://www.ice.gov/sevis/faqs/data_integrity.htm)  to assist with this process. Accurate data input ensures data integrity and better data matching with other government databases.

 

You can enter dependent information only after you create the Initial student’s record. Each dependent, regardless of age, needs a separate SEVIS record. The class of admission for dependents of F-1 students is F-2; the class of admission for dependents of M-1 students is M-2.

 

When adding dependents to a prospective student’s SEVIS record, ensure the financial section reflects the cost for their support in the funding information area as well as the source of funding. You must print and mail a unique Form I-20 for each accompanying dependent. Dependents need the Form I-20 to obtain a visa, if required, or for a change of status application. They will also need the Form I-20 to enter the United States, if applicable. The prospective student signs his or her Form I-20, as well as those for the minor dependents. The prospective student’s spouse signs his or her own Form I-20.

 

Once the student’s SEVIS record has been completed in draft status, you must click Submit in order for the record to convert to Initial status and be assigned a SEVIS ID in the system.

 

If you need to save a draft of a student’s SEVIS record to return to it later, the draft record can be found in the List of Saved Students. Access this list on the Listing of Schools screen, selecting Student Lists, and then selecting Saved Students. (SEVIS automatically deletes a draft record 45 days after its original creation.)

 

You may choose the student name from the list and then continue to edit the record. An asterisk will precede fields that must be completed. Other fields, such as Admission Number can be updated later.

 

Once the student’s SEVIS record has been completed in draft status, you must click Submit in order for the record to convert to Initial status in the system.

 

The same screens are used to update and edit information for Active nonimmigrant students.

Printing and Sending the Initial Form I-20 to the Prospective Student

 

Once you have produced an Initial SEVIS record for a student, print a copy of the Form I-20 for the student and one for each dependent, if applicable.

 

You or another DSO must sign all the prospective student’s applicable Forms I-20 generated and send them directly to the student. The signature serves as legal verification that the student has met all the criteria for admission to your school and has proven capability to cover all financial requirements.

 

In addition to sending the Form I-20, you may also want to provide a prospective student with information about the SEVIS I-901 fee payment, information on the visa application process, and information on what to expect upon arrival at the U.S. POE. You should include contact information for all DSOs.
Best Management Practice:

Prepare the student for the POE process.  Help avoid a secondary screening by reminding the student to copy and hand carry a set of the travel documents.

 

A consular official updates a DOS database upon issuance of an F-1 or M-1 visa to a prospective student. DOS sends the visa information to SEVIS via an interface. The interface will automatically update the student’s SEVIS record, if there is an exact match on the name and date of birth. Consistency in the spelling of a student’s name and a correctly entered date of birth ensures that all current and future immigration documents will match.

 

The name of the school the student will attend and the student’s SEVIS ID number is recorded on the visa. A student in possession of an Initial Form I-20 is required to enter the United States with the intention of attending the school that is listed on the visa.

 

After visa issuance, the system will, ideally, run a check for any Initial records issued by other schools to that student and automatically cancel them. However, you cannot rely on the system to cancel those records or to capture visa information on a student coming to your school, as these updates depend on matching biographical data.

 

The law requires you to determine if a student has enrolled in your school within 30 days of the program start date. If a student has enrolled, activate the student’s SEVIS record.

 

If a student does not report to you and/or enroll in classes at your school within the allotted time, you need to cancel or terminate the student’s SEVIS record, as appropriate.

 

  Cancel: Use cancel when the student has chosen another school to attend or when you are aware that the student was unable to enter the United States.

  Terminate: Use terminate when you know the student entered the United States to attend the school but the student failed to report to the school and enroll.

How to Populate the SEVIS Record

 

After entering all of the data, you have the opportunity to print and review a draft of the Form I-20. This is an excellent opportunity to proofread the entered information before submitting it as a final product. While the data still exists in draft form, you can edit any field.

 

Once you submit the entered data to the system, you will no longer be able to change the visa type or the education level on M-1 SEVIS records.

 

If you need to change the program start date for a student at a later date, use the Defer Attendance function (you can also change the program end date). Do not use the Defer Attendance function once a student has entered the country.

 

Once the student’s information is submitted in SEVIS, print and sign the student’s Form I-20 and send the form directly to the student.

Lesson 2:  Nonimmigrant Student Arrival and Change of Status


Introduction


Lesson 1 outlined the steps needed when a prospective nonimmigrant student applies to your school either from overseas or from within the United States, and is admitted to a program of study at your institution. Lesson 2 looks at the events that take place when the student arrives in the United States to begin a program of study or is approved for a change of status to F-1 or M-1 student status. The general sequence of these events is as follows:

 

  A prospective student who is not already in the United States arrives at the U.S. POE must:

- Present documentation required for entry into the United States

- Receive documentation to be used as additional proof of legal nonimmigrant status

  Student arrives at school and reports to you

  You activate the student’s record in SEVIS

Topic 1: Student Arrives at POE


Deferred Start Date or Students Who Do Not Arrive

 

Prospective students may enter the United States 30 days prior to the program start date listed on their Form I-20.

 

Students who cannot arrive by the program start date listed on the Form I-20 must contact you, defer their program start date, and get a reprinted Form I-20 for the deferred start date. You should not defer the program start date of a student who does not report to school by the program start date but has POE data on his or her SEVIS record indicating entrance into the United States.

 

This action allows the student to begin later than initially expected or can allow the student to arrive for a future semester. The student will need to receive a new Form I-20.

 

If the program start date has passed, the student has not contacted the school, and there is no evidence in SEVIS that the student has passed through the POE, cancel the student’s SEVIS record. If the student subsequently contacts the school and still plans to attend the school, create a new SEVIS record and send the student a new Form I-20 with the updated information.

 

While it is possible that the POE will allow the student to enter after the program start date, if the record has been cancelled, you will not be able to activate it if the student reports to your school. You will have to request a data fix.

 

If SEVP verifies that the student has entered through a POE and is able to attend school that semester, SEVP will perform a data fix to return the record to Active status. In this situation, if SEVP determines the student can attend a session that starts within 30 days, the data fix will defer attendance. However, if SEVP determines that the student cannot start within 30 days, SEVP will terminate the SEVIS record and the student must leave within 15 days. The school can issue the student a new SEVIS record for attendance for the next available term.

Documentation Required for Entry Into the United States

 

Upon arrival at the U.S. POE, the prospective student must present the following:

 

  A Form I-20, signed by a DSO, from the school the student will attend

  A valid visa containing the SEVIS ID and the name of the school the student will attend (unless the student is visa exempt)

  Financial documentation as evidence of ability to pay tuition and living expenses

  A valid passport

  Proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee

 

The prospective student must furnish the above documentation during POE inspection. CBP officers at the POE sometimes take nonimmigrants aside for further inspection. This is referred to as secondary inspection.

 

Visa exempt nonimmigrants, including citizens of Canada or Bermuda or residents of certain other islands described in 8 CFR 212.1(a), do not need a visa in order to enter the United States in nonimmigrant status. These prospective students do the following:

 

  Apply directly at the POE for a determination of their eligibility to enter the United States

  Present all the documents listed on the previous page except for the visa

  Provide proof that they paid the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to arrival in the United States

 

Upon full implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all Canadian citizens will have to present a valid passport to enter the United States. Please see the DOS Web site at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for additional information on WHTI.

 

The Form I-94 expiration date depends on whether it is issued to an F-1 or M-1 student.

 

F-1 Student: Form I-94 issued to an F-1 student is issued for “duration of status.” Duration of status “D/S” is notated on the student’s Form I-94 and Form I-20. For an F-1 student, duration of status is the time during which the student is enrolled in a full course of study plus any authorized practical training, and following that, authorized time to depart the country. An F-1 student may also elect to extend status by transferring or changing level to another program of study.                                                                                                     

 

M-1 Student: Form I-94 issued to an M-1 student is issued for one year or the duration of the program plus 30 days, whichever date is earlier. By the date indicated, the student must leave the country or apply to USCIS for an extension of status. USCIS may grant extensions for the time needed to complete the program up to a maximum of one year at a time. The module covering program length extensions and reductions has more information.

POE Data Entry

 

CBP officers enter the following information into a DHS database upon admitting a nonimmigrant student into the United States:

 

  Date of entry

  Form I-94 admission number

 

Operational interfaces update student SEVIS records with POE data. As with the visa information, this interface depends on matching a student’s biographical data. When POE information successfully posts, you will receive an alert in SEVIS under the title, “Students in Initial Status With POE Records.” This alert lets you know that a student has entered the country and to expect the student to report to the school by the program start date on the Form I-20.

 

Because the interface is dependent upon accurate matching, it is important that you ask all nonimmigrant students to report to your office immediately upon arrival in the United States. This allows you to accurately report when a student’s SEVIS record is not updated with current POE information.

Form I-515 Entry Process

 

Occasionally, students forget to bring all of the required documentation to present at the POE. For example, a student may not have proof that they paid the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to arrival or the student’s Form I-20 may lack the signature of a DSO. Using discretion, the inspecting CBP officer at the POE has the option to deny the nonimmigrant student entry into the United States. However, the inspecting officer can also decide to allow the student to enter by issuing the student a Form I-515.

 

The Form I-515 allows for a deferred inspection of a prospective nonimmigrant student’s entry into the United States. The student is allowed temporary entry pending the outcome of the deferred inspection. The Form I-94 a student receives upon the issuance of a Form I-515 allows the student to remain in the U.S. for a period of 30 days. Within this time, the student must submit evidence to SEVP to show that the deficiencies listed on the Form I-515 were corrected.

 

SEVP will determine if the deficiencies have been corrected. If they have, the student’s Form I-94 will be updated to show the normal term of status. If SEVP determines the student did not provide sufficient proof of admissibility, the student must depart the United States before the expiration of the 30 day period. If SEVP has not made its determination within the 30 day period, the student can remain in the United States until the determination is made.

 

The Form I-515:

  Is entered into a central database for tracking, and

  Expires in 30 days if the student does not provide the required paperwork and evidence to SEVP.

 

You and the student should read the instructions on the Form I-515 carefully and mail it to the address listed on the form. If the student does not provide the required documentation within 30 days, he or she must leave the country.

Topic 2: Nonimmigrants With a Pending Change of Status


Introduction


With the exception of B-1, B-2, F-2, and M-2 nonimmigrants, intending students who have properly filed a Form I-539 with USCIS to change their status to F-1 or M-1 may begin classes prior to the adjudication of the change of status application.

 

After completing this Topic, you will be able to:

 

  Know which nonimmigrants cannot enroll in school while a change of status is pending with USCIS

  Know what form is used by students filing for a change of status

Deferring the Program Start Date during USCIS Adjudication

 

In order for a prospective student to file a change of status, you must create a SEVIS record and print a Form I-20 for submission with the Form I-539. This puts the student’s SEVIS record in Initial status. You should not activate these Initial SEVIS records until USCIS has favorably adjudicated the change of status application.

 

Defer the program start date when a student is within five working days of their program start date and USCIS has not adjudicated the change of status. If the student is nearing the end of their current status, advise them to file for an extension of status to the next program start date.

 

Deferring the program start date keeps the record from canceling while the Form I-539 is pending with USCIS. So long as the change of status application is pending with the USCIS, the student's name will display on the associated lists of students.

Topic 3: Reporting in SEVIS on Nonimmigrant Students Who Fail to Report by the Program Start Date


Introduction

 

You should make sure that new nonimmigrant students know to report to your office upon arriving in the United States. By regulation, nonimmigrant students are required to report to school by the program start date listed on the Form I-20.

 

After completing this Topic, you will be able to:

 

  Know when to make a SEVIS record Active

  Know when to terminate a SEVIS record for No Show

  Know when to cancel an Initial SEVIS record

  Know when and how to defer attendance

  Know when a petitioning nonimmigrant for a change to F-1 status may begin classes

  Know what action to take in SEVIS when reporting on a student with an Initial SEVIS record.

  Report the nonimmigrant student as enrolled in a program of study at the school by setting the SEVIS record to Active status;

SEVIS automatically cancels or terminates a SEVIS record if it is still in Initial status 60 days after the program start date. If the prospective student is still planning to enter the United States or is in the midst of a change of status, this could result in CBP denying the student entry or USCIS denying a change of status.

 

New (Initial) students can be found in the list of Initial Status Students.

 

Use the Registration function shown on the student record screen to update SEVIS to show that a student has arrived and registered. The word session as used through out this topic is synonymous with term, semester, quarter, etc.

Step 1:

Data Field:  Current Session End Date

Instructions:  Using MM/DD/YYYY format, enter the end date for the current academic session. If the student is in the last session of his or her program, check the associated box and do not enter a next session start date here.

Step 2:

Data Field: Next Session Start Date

Instructions:  Using MM/DD/YYYY format, enter the start date for the student’s next academic session. If the student will be on vacation for the summer session, use the beginning date of the fall/winter session.

Step 3:

Data Field: U.S. Address

Instructions:  Enter the student’s physical U.S. address. If the student is a commuter student whose country of citizenship is Mexico or Canada, check the Commuter Student box. The U.S. residence is not a required field for these students. However, if the commuter student maintains a U.S. Post Office box, enter it in this field.

 

You may use a Post Office box as a U.S. address for students who are unable to receive mail at their residential address. However, you are still required in these cases to maintain a record of the student’s and dependents’ physical residential location.

Step 4:

Data Field:  Foreign Address

Instructions:  Update the student’s foreign address. All nonimmigrant students must maintain a foreign address, even if they currently reside in the United States.

Step 5-7:

Data Field:  Passport Number, Passport Issuing Country, Passport Expiration Date

Instructions:  Passport information is optional. However, it is useful and initial registration is a good time to collect this information.

Step 8-10:

Data Field:  Visa Number, Post/Country of Visa Issuance, Visa Expiration Date

Instructions:  If a student was issued a visa, an interface with the DOS should provide this information. However, because the interface depends upon exact matching information, it may not update SEVIS. You will be unable to modify any fields populated by interface in this section. You will only be permitted to populate unpopulated fields with this information.

 

If the information did not post automatically, it is a good practice to enter the information manually.

Step 11-13:

Data Field:  Admission Number, Port of Entry, Date of Entry

Instructions:  This information can be found on the student’s Form I-94. When the interface did not add this information to the student’s SEVIS record, it is a good practice to enter this information manually.

 

You will be unable to modify any fields populated by interface in this section. You can add information if the field is blank.

Step 14:

Data Field:  Remarks

Instructions:  Enter any applicable remarks regarding the student. Any time a school official adds remarks the existing remarks will be overridden. Remarks print in Field 9 of the Form I-20.

 

Best Management Practice

It is good practice to make copies of the student’s Form I-20, visa, passport, Form I-94 and any other required documentation at this time, and include these copies in the student’s file.

Reporting in SEVIS on Nonimmigrant Students Who Fail to Report by the Program of Study

 

There are three general scenarios you will encounter for Initial nonimmigrant students who fail to report by the program start date. The Initial student:

 

  Entered the United States through a POE, but did not report to the school by their program start date

  Did not enter the United States

  Applied for and received a change of status but did not report for the current program start date as expected

 

When there is evidence that a student entered the United States but failed to report to the school by the program start date, the student is, in most cases, out of status. The student has violated the terms of their visa and nonimmigrant student status. In this situation, you must terminate the student's SEVIS record. Use the termination reason No Show - Manual Termination. Terminating a SEVIS record for the reason of No Show automatically alerts ICE that an individual is in the United States and failed to report.

 

When a student with an approved change of status and a record in Initial status fails to report to your campus as expected by the program start date, terminate the student’s SEVIS record for the reason of No Show - Manual Termination.

 

When a student is unable to enter the United States, but fails to contact the school to request a deferral of the program start date, and misses the program start date, cancel the SEVIS record.

 

The student will not be able to use the Canceled SEVIS record to get a visa or enter the country. The prospective nonimmigrant student must obtain a new Form I-20 if he or she still wishes to become a nonimmigrant student.

 

An Initial student must report by the program start date listed on the Form I-20. However, if an Initial student arrives at your school and decides to transfer, work with the student to facilitate the transfer of his or her SEVIS record. Transfers are covered in greater detail later in this course. You can also find information on the transfer of Initial students in the F-1 Transfer FAQ, which is found on the SEVP Web site.

 

Summary
Module 2 built upon the procedural information presented in the previous module by providing detailed information about each of the steps. Additionally Module 2 provided you with the step by step directions necessary to complete specific documents such as the Form I-20 as well as instructions for data entry for specific situations you may encounter throughout the admission process.