A Guest Post by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ensures only legitimate international students and exchange visitors gain entry into the United States. SEVP also certifies educational institutions to enroll international students and monitors them for compliance with federal rules and regulations.
The international student community in the United States is vast. On average, one million international students (F and M visa holders) pursue academic or vocational studies in the United States each school term. Additionally, nearly 9,000 schools and programs have been certified by SEVP to enroll international students.
To effectively communicate with its stakeholders, SEVP has a robust outreach program to ensure compliance with the various rules and regulations governing the international student process.
Study in the States is a Web portal that brings together the various federal agencies that play a role in the international student lifecycle. The site offers the latest information and resources for international students, educators, and school officials through blog posts, resources pages, interactive guides, and videos. New features on Study in the States include an interactive glossary, ask a question feature, enhanced school search page, as well as mobile accessibility. Important updates and information on the international student process are also posted on Study in the States’ Facebook and Twitter pages.
SEVP also educates members of the international academic community through free stakeholder webinars on various topics related to international education. Interested stakeholders can view live or previously recorded webinars on Study in the States.
Lastly, SEVP provides updates and resources specific to English language educators. For example, English language educators can find guidance for our adjudicators on the Accreditation of English Language Training Programs Act on Study in the States. An explanation of the accreditation act, instructions for international students and school officials, as well as answers to frequently asked questions are available on the site.
To learn more about SEVP and its mission, visit ICE.gov. School officials, students, government officials, and the public can also reach out to the SEVP Response Center with SEVP-related inquiries. Stakeholders can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 703-603-3400 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET with questions.