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07/19/2011
Charlotte, NC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Thomas C. Briggs, a former employee of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), pled guilty to concealing and shielding foreign college students who were in violation of the terms of their student visas, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/04/2012
Newark, NJ
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Eight of nine people were arrested Tuesday for their alleged participation in a widespread foreign student visa fraud, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Dhirenkumar Parikh and his co-conspirators defrauded the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) by providing foreign nationals, for a fee...
09/08/2016
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Through the new notice, the DHS Secretary suspends certain regulatory requirements in order to allow eligible Syrian F-1 students to obtain employment authorization, work an increased number of hours during the school term, and, if necessary, reduce their course load while continuing to maintain their F-1 student status.

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.
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.
10/25/2018
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

SEVP plans to publish calendar year 2018 data during the first quarter of 2019. Future years’ data will publish in the first quarter of the following year. This will enable the public to review yearly trends in the international student population.

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.
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.
12/17/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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The report, released Thursday by SEVP, highlights November 2015 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.
04/02/2012
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced special relief for certain F-1 Syrian students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Syria since March 2011.
04/29/2016
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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The report, released Friday by SEVP, highlights March 2016 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.
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.
02/09/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Hee Sun Shim (also known as Leonard Shim and Leo Shim), 53, of Beverly Hills, the owner and manager of the schools, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to conspiracy and immigration document fraud.

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.

03/23/2018
Washington, DC
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On Friday, SEVP launched the SEVP Portal, which streamlines the SEVIS update process by enabling F-1 students participating in post-completion OPT and M-1 students participating in practical training to report personal and employer information directly to SEVP.

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.
07/03/2019
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) oversees two types of practical training program for international students, curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT). The two programs, however, have different requirements and purposes. As a result, the two training programs are not interchangeable.

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.

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.
06/08/2011
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced special relief for certain F-1 Libyan students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011.

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.
12/08/2016
Washington, DC
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The report, released Thursday by SEVP, highlights November 2016 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.

05/06/2014
Washington, DC
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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.
02/21/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Ying Huang, 23, a Chinese citizen, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of passport fraud, one count of mail fraud, and aiding and abetting.

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.

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