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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

SEVP produces a variety of webinars to help the academic community better understand and comply with the rules and regulations that govern the school certification and international student life cycles. SEVP announces upcoming webinars via SEVP Broadcast Messages, on Study in the States and on social media. 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 three 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.
  • SEVP Special Report: Discusses hot topics or breaking program news.

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Webinar Series

SEVP hosts SEVIS webinars to inform system users about upcoming SEVIS releases. SEVIS webinars cover system changes and how these updates may impact the way schools comply with federal reporting requirements. Webinar recordings and additional resources can be found on the SEVIS Webinars page in the SEVIS Help Hub.

Government Voices Webinar Series

The Government Voices Webinar Series provides a forum for government partners to discuss areas of shared responsibility. Government Voices Webinars bring together different agencies from across the U.S. government to address specific topics about their role in the international student life cycle, and how federal agencies work together to resolve issues, streamline processes and better serve stakeholders.

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 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 subscribe to GovDelivery and select SEVP Outreach Bulletin when you sign up.

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 – April 2018 (PDF | 5 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.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/15/2020