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SEVIS II for Current Students. Office of International Programs April 2010. Purpose of this workshop : Review of immigration status What is SEVIS? What is SEVIS II? How will SEVIS II affect students? How will OIP assist?. Non-immigrant Documents. Passport Visa I-20, DS-2019

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Sevis ii for current students
SEVIS II for Current Students

Office of International Programs

April 2010

Purpose of this workshop:

  • Review of immigration status

  • What is SEVIS?

  • What is SEVIS II?

  • How will SEVIS II affect students?

  • How will OIP assist?

Non immigrant documents
Non-immigrant Documents

  • Passport

  • Visa

  • I-20, DS-2019

  • I-94 Card


  • Status is a legal condition, not a physical thing

  • It is dynamic

  • It can be acquired, maintained, changed, and lost

  • Students must be proactive

  • I-20’s, electronic records, visa stamps are indicators of status

Maintaining status
Maintaining Status

  • Fulltime enrollment from start date to end date (unless you have been authorized to attend part-time)

  • Request permission before dropping

  • Finish degree by end date

  • Never work without authorization

  • If on OPT, report employment

Maintaining status, cont’d…

  • Report address changes within 10 days of change

  • Keep immigration documents current (passport, I-20); visa may be expired

  • Stay in contact with OIP

What is sevis
What is SEVIS?

  • The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based program to track and monitor U.S. schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents throughout the duration of their studies and OPT (if applicable)

  • SEVIS was implemented on January 30, 2003


  • Only accessed by school & government officials

  • I-20s / DS-2019s are a paper version of an electronic SEVIS record

  • Students have multiple SEVIS record numbers (in some cases)

  • I-20s must be signed to demonstrate valid status

TODAY’S SEVIS, cont’d…

  • Students must report changes of address, major, etc to school officials who update SEVIS

Sevis ii1

  • SEVIS II was scheduled to be released February 2010

  • Postponed to April 2010

  • On April 6, 2010, SEVIS announced that there is no set date for the release

  • Possible pending deadline for student use

Highlights of sevis ii
Highlights of SEVIS II

  • Responsibility shifts from UTEP to students

  • Paperless system

  • Creation of unique Immigration Identification Number (IIN)

  • All international students and scholars create and have direct access to maintain their own immigration record

  • I-20’s / DS-2019s will eventually be eliminated

  • Visa will be scanned at port of entry & customs databases will indicate green, yellow or red

Impact on current students
Impact on Current Students

  • Have to create and maintain their SEVIS II online accounts

  • Need additional support to adapt to new changes

  • Students will have to update addresses on their own

  • Students will be able to check if they are admissible to enter the country

  • NOTE: We have address change forms

How office of international programs will help
How Office of International Programs will Help

  • SEVIS II workshops

  • Additional guidance (pending)

  • Info on OIP Website

  • Link to

  • Broadcast emails

  • Reference material

  • Expert knowledge regarding SEVIS II

3 Workshop Phases:

1) Introductory information

2) Creating your online accounts

3) Maintaining your SEVIS account


Q & A

Thank You!