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F and M Student Record Termination Reasons in SEVIS

This job aid is a quick-reference for termination reasons noted in Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

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What is the Difference between SEVP Certification and Accreditation?

As an F or M international student, you can only attend a U.S. school certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). This certification ensures that the school you attend meets certain standards set by the U.S. government.

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Students: SEVP Will Never Call You to Collect Your I-901 SEVIS Fee

Students, please remember that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will not call you on the telephone to collect any payments or personal information, including payment for the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee.

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School Officials: Beware of Scams Targeting Students

Recently, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) became aware that scammers are targeting international students in the Chicago area in an attempt to solicit funds on behalf of the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee.

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F1 Students: Only the DMV Can Provide You with a Valid Driver’s License

If you are an F or M student studying in the United States and want to obtain a valid driver’s license, you must receive it from your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or state-run motor vehicle department. DMV locations are the only place that issue legal and valid U.S. driver’s licenses in the United States. Attempting to get a U.S. driver’s license from any other person or place is illegal.

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Schools: New Time Frame to Request Corrections to Student Statuses in SEVIS

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) changed the time frame for when it accepts a designated school official’s (DSO) “Requests for Correction to Student Status.”

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Tips for Requesting Employment Authorization as an International Student

If you are an international student who is interested in working while in the United States, you need to follow the rules and prepare ahead of time. The Working in the United States resource page on Study in the States helps school officials and international students understand employment opportunities and the requirements.

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International Students and Entrepreneurship

In October 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative. This initiative will help “harness industry expertise from the public and private sectors and increase the job creation potential of employment-based and high-skilled visa categories” by allowing F-1 students to start a business that is directly related to their major area of study and giving them a financial stake in its success.

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Laying off of US workers for H-1B holders needs to be probed: Jeh Johnson

Amid reports that entertainment giant Walt Disney has laid off American employees and replaced them with Indians holding H-1B visas, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has told lawmakers that any such allegations are very troubling and should be investigated.

 

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FY 2016 H-1B Cap: Unselected Petitions Returned

​​USCIS announced today, July 14, 2015, that it completed the return of rejected fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions.

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