United States Flag
Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security

Report Crimes: Email or Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE

mobile search image


  • Email icon
  • Facebook icon
  • Twitter icon
  • Google Plus icon
Conferences & Outreach

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) welcomes the opportunity to participate in stakeholder conferences and events. These events provide opportunities for SEVP to meet with stakeholders in-person, provide program updates and address stakeholder questions. If you are interested in having SEVP participate in an event, please complete the SEVP Event Request Form on Study in the States.

Please note: To attend an event, SEVP must receive requests at least 12 weeks prior to the event. If you have any additional questions, please contact SEVPOutreach@ice.dhs.gov.

  • SEVP Webinar Series: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Webinar Series is the newest way to engage with SEVP. SEVP announces upcoming webinars via SEVP Broadcast Messages and Study in the States. Following live broadcasts, a recording of each webinar — as well as downloadable resources such as executive summaries, webinar transcripts and hyperlink appendices — will be available on the Study in the States Stakeholder Webinars page. Currently, these free webinars are designed primarily for designated school officials (DSOs) and consist of two types of presentations:
    • SEVP InFocus: provides regular program updates to the academic community.
    • Ask the Experts: focuses on specific topics of interest to SEVP stakeholders. Examples of topics include Form I-17, "Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student," updates, student employment or SEVP school recertification. Following a brief presentation, SEVP subject matter experts will answer pre-submitted questions from viewers. To submit questions, email SEVPOutreach@ice.dhs.gov before the webinar. Please note: SEVP will only answer questions on the webinar topic and cannot answer case-specific questions during the webinar. Please direct all case-specific questions to the SEVP Response Center.
  • Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Webinar Series: SEVP's Systems Management Unit hosts a series of webinars before and after planned SEVIS enhancements. These webinars provide information on upcoming changes and updates on the impact of SEVIS releases. The webinar recordings and additional information about SEVIS enhancements are available in the Study in the States SEVIS Help Hub.
  • SEVP 101 Video on Study in the States: This video explains how SEVP promotes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations mission to support and promote national security. It highlights SEVP's interagency coordination with government partners and how the program works with academic officials to support more than one million international students, exchange visitors and their dependents within the United States. By explaining the international student process, SEVP 101 provides seasoned or new DSOs, current or prospective students, and the academic community with a better understanding of the various regulations that impact them.
  • SEVP Publications: To view SEVP publications from the last two years, including the SEVP Conference Bulletin, SEVP webinar series executive summaries and the SEVP Spotlight, visit the SEVP Publications page.

SEVP Stakeholder Issues Response Report

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Stakeholder Issues Response Report is an annual report addressing stakeholder-identified issues from the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo. The report provides an overview of where the program stands with key issues and includes a letter from SEVP Director Farrell to the academic community, a summary of stakeholder-identified issues and the program's responses to these issues.

  • SEVP Stakeholder Issues Response Report December 2015 (PDF | 1.8 MB)

SEVP Outreach Bulletin

The SEVP Outreach Bulletin is a monthly one-page summary intended to keep our stakeholders informed about the latest SEVP news and regulations related to nonimmigrant students, academic officials and schools. The SEVP Outreach Bulletin focuses on pertinent topics of interest and highlights SEVP's participation in current and upcoming conferences, events and webinars. To view the latest, as well as previous editions of the SEVP Outreach Bulletin, please visit the Publications page on Study in the States. To receive the monthly bulletin via email, please submit a request to SEVPOutreach@ice.dhs.gov.

SEVP Spotlight

The SEVP Spotlight is a quarterly newsletter that SEVP distributes to more than 20,000 designated school officials, top academic associations and SEVP government partners. Each newsletter provides updates on the latest news affecting our stakeholders and program. To view the latest, as well as previous editions of the SEVP Spotlight, visit the Publications page on Study in the States.

SEVIS by the Numbers

SEVIS by the Numbers is a periodic report that highlights trends and insights within the nonimmigrant academic community using data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The report provides a snapshot of relevant and useful information, including the number of nonimmigrant students in the United States, top places of origin and nonimmigrant student demographics.

  • SEVIS by the Numbers Report – July 2016 (PDF | 4.3 MB)

FOIA Reading Room

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows any person the right to access various federal agency records. FOIA is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Agencies are required to automatically disclose certain information, including frequently requested records.

As a result, SEVP has developed a FOIA Reading Room in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) FOIA Online Library to promote transparency and proactively disclose appropriate and relevant information to the public.

Training for Designated School Officials (DSOs)

Whether this is your first year as a DSO or you have worked with F and/or M students for several years, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations surrounding your role. SEVP offers a free, self-paced online training for DSOs that provides information about your role and the F and M student process. For more information on the benefits of this course, or how to create an online account, visit our Online Training for DSOs page on Study in the States.