San Francisco Bay Area BA-PIER

Bay Area Professionals in International Education Roundtable

SEVIS Data Validation

Frequently Asked Questions  http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/sevis_valid_faq.pdf

SEVIS Website & Help Desk

If you have any questions, please contact the SEVIS Help Desk at 1-800-892-4829.

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP): http://www.ice.gov/sevis/


Glossary of SEVIS-Related Terms and Acronyms

 

Term Definition
Active SEVIS Record SEVIS-student record in SEVIS software for a student that has arrived in the United States and enrolled in a course of study at an individual SEVIS-approved school.
Adjudicate To settle judicially (review and approve or deny).
Closed Student Records Status of SEVIS student record after student has completed his or her approved program of study.
Data Fix A manual change in SEVIS data made by Department of Homeland Security software staff-used for corrections in student records that DSOs are not authorized to make.
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DSO Designated School Official
Educational Objective Program completion at a non-academic institution-for example, a professional certification.
F Student A nonimmigrant student with F-1 status for attending SEVP- approved academic institutions or language training program.
F-1 Nonimmigrant status conferred on students attending SEVP- approved academic institutions and language training programs.
F-1 Visa Documentation confirming an individual's F-1 status.
F-2 Nonimmigrant status conferred on the spouse or minor child of an F-1 or F-3 student.
F-3 Border country commuter students in academic institutions and language training programs (Regulations for commuter students are under development).
I-20 Form SEVIS Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (used by SEVIS students for proof of status purposes).
I-539 Form Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
I-765 Form Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
I-94 Form Arrival-Departure Record, issued at Port-of-Entry (used by SEVIS students for proof of status purposes).
ICE The Bureau of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigrant Visas Visas for individuals intending to live permanently in the United States.
Initial SEVIS Record The record that a DSO sets up in SEVIS when the student is accepted into a program of study at the school.
Initial-Status SEVIS Record SEVIS-student record created in SEVIS at the time a potential student is accepted into a course of study at a SEVIS-approved school.
M Student A nonimmigrant student with M-1 status for attending SEVP-approved vocational or other nonacademic institutions.
M-1 Nonimmigrant status conferred on students attending SEVP approved vocational or other nonacademic institutions who meet the requirements outlined in 8 CFR 214.2(m)(1).
M-1 Visa Documentation confirming an individual's M-1 status .
M-2 Nonimmigrant status conferred on the spouse or minor child of an M-1 student.
M-3 Border country commuter students in vocational training programs or other nonacademic institutions (Regulations for commuter students are under development).
Maintain Status Complying with regulatory requirements established for nonimmigrants that are in the United States on F-1 or M-1 visas.
Nonimmigrant A person visiting the United States from a foreign country who does not intend to stay permanently in the United States.
Nonimmigrant Student A student who does not have authority to settle in the U.S. permanently, and is in the country to study on an F-1 or M-1 visa.
Nonimmigrant Visas Visas for individuals who have permanent residence outside the United States, but who wish to be in the United States on a temporary basis - for tourism, business, temporary work, study, or medical treatment.
OPT Optional Practical Training
PDSO Principal Designated School Official
Pending Reinstatement Status of a SEVIS student record for a student that has applied for reinstatement of visa status, but who has yet to receive a reply to the request from DHS District Office.
POE Port of Entry
Program A complete course of study, as defined by the school, such as a bachelors degree program or a certification program.
School Used in this course to include colleges, universities, seminaries, conservatories, academic high schools, elementary schools, other academic institutions, and language training programs.
Session A period of time in which a student starts, attends, and completes a class or set of classes without being required to enroll or re-enroll (generally referred to as a semester, term, or quarter, depending on the school).
SEVIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (the acronym SEVIS refers to both the actual software system and to the overall F and M student program that the software supports).
Termination Removal of a student or dependent from Active status, for a specified cause other than completion of his or her academic program-for example, death or expulsion from school.
Visa

In most cases, a citizen of a foreign country needs a visa to apply to enter the United States.

A visa does not permit entry to the United States; it simply indicates that a U.S. consular officer at an American embassy or consulate has reviewed an individual's application to enter the United States and determined that the individual is eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose.

There are two categories of U.S. visas: immigrant and nonimmigrant.

Visa exempt Citizens of Canada or Bermuda or residents of certain other islands described in 8 CFR 212.1a, do not need a visa. These applicants for F-1, F-3, M-1, M-3 or J-1 nonimmigrant status may apply at the Port of Entry.

http://www.ice.gov/training/c001/glossary.htm


ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

CLHE.org SEVIS Web Seminar 10/20/05 by DHS/Susan Geary

SEVIS NOTICE - Enhancements to the SEVIS I-901 Fee Payment Website

 

 

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE

SEVIS NOTICE - April 28, 2005


On May 1, 2005, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program office (SEVP) plans to deploy an upgrade to the Web site dedicated to the SEVIS I-901 Fee (
www.fmjfee.com) that will allow a student or exchange visitor, or school or exchange visitor program, to verify online if ICE has received their SEVIS I-901 fee payment and when the official receipt for the payment was issued. This capability will be available for payments made on the Internet, by check or money order, by
Western Union and by bulk filing.  Previously, this information could only be obtained by contacting the SEVIS program office directly.

The SEVIS I-901 Web site at
www.fmjfee.com has proven to be a very popular avenue for fee payment. Approximately 77 percent of all fee payments are made via the Web site.

The new capabilities on the Web site will help assure students and exchange visitors that their fee payment has been received and provide them with an estimate as to when they can reasonably expect a consular official to be able to independently verify the SEVIS fee payment in their system.

Additional help links on the site cover topics such as identifying who is required to pay the fee, the options for paying the fee, how a third party can pay the fee for someone else, and how to obtain further assistance.


Thank you,
Student and Exchange Visitor Program