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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.

Student and DSO discuss tips for maintaining status

Students: Read these Tips to Maintain Your Student Status

As you start a new semester, it’s important to maintain your F or M student status.

You must fulfill the purpose of your F or M student status, which is to study. If you take any action that detracts from that purpose, you risk losing your status and being sent to your home country. For helpful tips and reminders on how to maintain status while studying in the United States, read this Study in the States blog.

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Read the New Trends and Improvements Topic

The Trends and Improvements section of Study in the States is the central repository for tracking and monitoring the government's progress on feedback received from the international student community. Read the latest topic for more information on how SEVP streamlined the student reporting process to lessen the burden for some designated schools officials (DSOs). 

DSOs: Complete Your Mandatory SEVIS Annual Verification

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) verification period ends March 2. During this 90-day period, all principal designated school officials (PDSOs) and responsible officers (ROs) must verify annually that every PDSO, DSO, RO, and alternate responsible officer (ARO) is still a PDSO, DSO, RO or ARO and continues to require access to SEVIS. All unverified users will lose SEVIS access on March 3. Find instructions on the Study in the States blog.

Check Out the School Certification Life Cycle Tool

Do you have questions about certification, recertification or updates to the Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student?” Review the School Certification Life Cycle tool for a step-by-step guide to the SEVP certification process for schools and programs in the United States.

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