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NEW! DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)  recently launched StudyInTheStates.dhs.gov, a clearinghouse of information aimed at helping international students and academic officials navigate the international student process.  This website is designed to help facilitate a government-wide initiative to encourage the best and brightest international students and scholars to study and remain in the United States.

 

LAW AND REGULATIONS:

 

U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS): 
http://www.uscis.gov

USCIS is the agency responsible for processing requests for immigration benefits.  You may obtain immigration forms here and look at the status of cases on-line.

  • Forms and Fees: http://www.uscis.gov
  • Case intervention:  For help with a student case send an e-mail (DSO-use ONLY) with case details to the Service Center with jurisdiction over your school.  I-539 cases: Use the appropriate acronym for your regional service center before the word “Schools”, e.g., VSC.schools@uscis.dhs.gov; I765 cases: vsc.studentEAD@uscis.dhs.gov.
  • Lockbox addresses are at the end of the Resources and References section.* 
    • Lockbox Support email: lockboxsupport@dhs.gov.
  • For regulatory questions: contact IETS or your NAFSA KISS-RR.  See NAFSA section below.

 

U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (USICE):
http://www.ice.gov/

ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) oversees SEVIS.

Student and Exchange Visitor Program
DHS/ICE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Attn: I-515 Processing Unit
500 12th St. SW, Stop 5600
Washington, DC 20536-5600

  • Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line: 866-347-2423

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE (DOS):
http://www.state.gov

 

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP):
http://www.cbp.gov

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS):
http://www.irs.gov

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA):

Information for international students about how to apply for a social security number can be found at: http://www.socialsecurity.gov

SSA/Dept of Motor Vehicles problems related to F-1 issues: dmvssa.sevp@dhs.gov

 

FINANCIAL DOCUMENT EVALUATION:

 

NAME STANDARDS:

SEVP is currently working on implementing new standards for student names that will affect how schools issue their Forms I-20. Detailed information is available:

 

 

 

LIST SERVES:

 

MAILING DOCUMENTS OVERSEAS:

eShip Global: partners with schools to allow students to prepay for their immigration documents to be shipped overseas.  No cost to school, just set up an account. http://www.eshipglobal.com/

 

NAFSA: ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS:
http://nafsa.org/

Their website abounds with professional development information for members.  1307 New York Ave., N.W., 8th floor, Washington, D.C. 20005-4701. Phone: 202-737-3699.

 

ONE TO WORLD:
http://www.one-to-world.org/

One To World offers programs and services to international students and scholars affiliated with colleges and universities in the greater New York City area. One To World’s professional Network membership is made up of over 90 academic institutions and constitutes the single most valuable forum in New York for the exchange of ideas and best practices among international education professionals.

 

HELPFUL UNIVERSITY WEB SITES:

 

*LOCKBOX MAILING ADDRESSES FOR I-765 and I-539:

To ensure that a student’s application is mailed to the correct address, please visit the USCIS website: http://www.uscis.gov.

  • Click on the “Forms” button located at the top left corner of the home page.
  • Click on the application to be submitted.
  • Follow the mailing instructions specific to that form.

  • What CAN be fixed at Deferred Inspection sites: I-94 errors:  name, DOB, passport#, visa classification, status
  • What CANNOT: POE, Inspector #, country of citizenship, Admission #, carrier, flight #. If the I-94 cannot be accessed on-line, contact your local Deferred Inspection office. The I-102 may be filed to replace a paper I-94 issued prior to automation.