Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: SEVIS

ICE Releases Quarterly International Student Data: F, M Students Up 6.2%

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released the latest “SEVIS By the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The report notes that nearly 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status are studying in the United States. Full report available… Read More

ICE SEVP No Longer Mailing Notices of Action for SEVIS Fee Payments

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced (PDF) that as of July 31, 2013, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is no longer mailing the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, for I-901 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee payments. Payment confirmations the user can print from the fee website will replace the I-797C.… Read More

DHS Orders Verification of Student Visas in Wake of Boston Bombings

The Department of Homeland Security reportedly has ordered U.S. border agents to verify the validity of student visas for every international student arriving in the United States, effective immediately. Border agents are to use flight manifest information to verify student visa status, and check any for which that information is not available against a DHS… Read More

Student and Exchange Visitor Update: F, M, J Visa Processing Resumes Worldwide; Expedited Processing, Record Numbers of Students Announced

The Department of State recently identified difficulties with its Consolidated Consular Database (CCD) communications with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. The Department discovered this issue on November 14, 2011, and subsequently instructed embassies and consulates worldwide to halt, temporarily, the issuance of all F, M and J… Read More

State Dept. To Conduct On-Site Reviews of Summer Work Travel Sponsors

The Department of State announced (PDF) on September 23, 2011, that it plans to conduct on-site reviews of Summer Work Travel Program sponsors to evaluate regulatory compliance. The program provides foreign college and university students the opportunity to work and travel in the U.S. during their extended academic break (summer vacation) for up to four… Read More