Don't Forget: Complete Your Mandatory SEVIS Annual Verification

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Welcome to News and Updates from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). This message provides useful information for the international student and academic communities.

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DSOs: Complete Your SEVIS Annual Verification

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) verification period runs from Dec. 2, 2018, to March 2, 2019. During this 90-day period, all principal designated school officials (PDSO), designated school officials (DSO), responsible officers (RO) and alternate responsible officers (ARO) must verify with their SEVP-certified school that they are employed by the school as a PDSO, DSO, RO or ARO and continue to require access to SEVIS.

Complete your annual verification to avoid losing access to SEVIS. For more information, check the Study in the States blog.

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Share these Tips for Traveling During the Holidays

As some international students travel to their home country for winter break, there are a few things they should know upon their return to school. Share this Study in the States blog with your students for tips and resources on what to do before they leave and upon their return to the United States.

Check Out 2 New Resource Pages on Study in the States

SEVP recently added two new resource pages to Study in the States: Maintaining Accurate SEVIS Records and Special Student Relief. Check out these pages to learn more about DSO record keeping and reporting requirements for their F and M students and SEVP-certified school, as well as who qualifies for special student relief in emergent circumstances.

Don't Miss New K-12 Resources for DSOs and Safety

Stephanie Kim, DSO and international student coordinator, at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii, shared helpful resources for kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) DSOs as part of International Education Week on Study in the States. Regarding school safety, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) released a K-12 exercise starter kit this month focusing on an active shooter scenario.

For more information on OAE’s exercise starter kits and how to request one, read this press release.

Watch a Recording of the Winter 2018 InFocus Webinar

Did you miss the latest InFocus Webinar Dec. 12? Watch a recording or read a transcript of the event to receive the latest program news and updates affecting SEVP-certified schools and international students. The webinar featured three SEVP field representative presenters who provided their insight and experience on key topics and trends affecting SEVP stakeholders.

To access the recording and other webinar materials, visit the Winter 2018 SEVP InFocus Webinar page on Study in the States.

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