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12/14/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
With the new class, SEVP now has 58 field representatives. Field representatives manage territories in one of three U.S. regions – eastern, central and western. Once fully staffed, each region will have 20 field representatives, for a nationwide total of 60.
11/09/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
ICE announces the Secretary of Homeland Security has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Nepalese students who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the April earthquake in Nepal. This relief applies only to students whose country of citizenship is Nepal and who were lawfully present in the United States in F-1 status on April 25, 2015, and enrolled in an institution certified by ICE’s SEVP.
10/16/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
By increasing access to OPT for STEM students, the proposed regulations will help U.S. colleges and universities remain globally competitive in attracting international students in STEM fields. It also reforms the program to better ensure that practical training opportunities are designed to meet student needs, while requiring greater accountability of employers and students.
09/03/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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9 percent increase in international students, 32 percent increase in students from India since 2014
04/30/2015
New York, NY
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Suresh Hiranandaney, 61, Lalit Chabria, 54, and Anita Chabria, 50, each pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit student visa fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit student fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit student financial aid fraud. Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison. The defendants’ sentencing date is scheduled for Sept. 10.
04/29/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
In order to be certified by SEVP to enroll international students, U.S. schools must nominate a designated school official to serve as a liaison between the school and SEVP.
04/20/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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The United States attracts and welcomes foreign citizens to our nation's higher educational institutions.

03/25/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Based on data extracted from SEVIS Feb. 6, 1.13 million international students, using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa, were enrolled at nearly 8,979 U.S. schools. This marked a 14.18 percent increase in international students when compared to January 2014 data. The number of certified schools remained relatively static, increasing just more than one percent, during the same time period.
03/11/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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The three defendants allegedly ran a "pay-to-stay" scheme through three schools in Koreatown – Prodee University/Neo-America Language School; Walter Jay M.D. Institute, an Educational Center (WJMD); and the American College of Forensic Studies (ACFS) – and a fourth school currently operating in Alhambra, Likie Fashion and Technology College.

12/25/2014
Seattle, WA
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Keshav Mukund Bhide, 24, departed on an international flight Wednesday afternoon from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Special agents from HSI and the FBI escorted Bhide to the airport and confirmed his departure. He cannot return to the U.S. for 10 years.
11/16/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
The field representatives serve as a key resource for schools on the SEVP certification and recertification processes, and they educate schools on the program's rules and regulations and federal laws governing international students studying in the United States.
11/12/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Based on data extracted from SEVIS Oct. 7, 1.11 million international students, using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa, were enrolled at nearly 9,000 U.S. schools. This marked a nine percent increase when compared to October 2013 data.
08/04/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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As of July 8, 966,333 international students were enrolled in nearly 9,000 U.S. schools using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa. This marks a nearly five percent decrease from April, primarily due to graduation rates, but an eight percent increase when compared to July 2013.
08/03/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
The SEVIS 6.17 release includes a name standardization impact report, which provides school and exchange visitor program officials with a list of names that do not meet the naming standards that SEVP plans to implement in April 2015. Names with special characters, non-Roman alphanumeric characters and extra spaces will not meet the new standards.
07/28/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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U.S. schools must complete the Web-based Form I-17, "Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Students," before they can enroll international students. This form consists of several fields about the school, including its full legal name, mailing address, type of educational programs offered, accreditation information and more.
06/30/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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The revamped site also features streamlined navigation and a blog geared to international students and school officials. Users can translate the site into multiple languages.
06/19/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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PDSOs and DSOs play an important role in the national security process. They enter data into the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) on behalf of U.S. schools. It's essential this information is accurate and current since it is used by law enforcement and government agencies, when necessary.

05/19/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
When international students and visitors travel to the United States, they receive a Form I-94, "Arrival/Departure Record," at their port of entry. The Form I-94 serves as evidence that they have been lawfully admitted to the United States. International students and visitors need this record to verify alien registration and immigration status and obtain employment authorization. New this month, these individuals can access their five year travel history on the Form I-94 website.
05/06/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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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 is based on data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information on international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.
04/27/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Before deploying to their respective territories, field representatives completed an eight-week training course in Washington, D.C., where they learned about federal laws and regulations and the school certification process.
04/21/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

The updates make it easier to search for nonimmigrant students by SEVIS ID numbers and work with lists of nonimmigrant students within SEVIS. For the first time since SEVIS was launched in 2003, SEVIS users will be able to open a nonimmigrant record from any list in SEVIS, take action on that record and return directly to the same list.

04/16/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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The popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is on the rise for students around the world. These classes are taught exclusively online and are often free of cost. They have very high enrollments - sometimes hundreds or thousands of students.
03/02/2014
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced it will extend the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti.
11/19/2013
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is proposing changes to the requirements governing its Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that are intended to improve management of international student programs and increase opportunities for study by spouses and children of nonimmigrant students.
06/04/2012
Dallas, TX
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Forty immigration status violators, visa overstays and foreign students were arrested for violating the conditions of their nonimmigrant visas during a 12-day operation ending Friday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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