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SEVIS 2015 Roadmap

March 27, 2015

On February 20th, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program conducted a webinar that gave an overview of planned enhancements to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for 2015.  A monthly summary of what may lie ahead for schools follows below.

The full webinar and supporting materials may be accessed at




  • Address validation functionality
  • Batch Users’ Conference Call for usability questions
  • J-1 Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP) Functionality completed (webinar in early June)


SEVIS Help Hub

  • Central access point for all F/M SEVIS related information
  • Interactive – Demos of SEVIS Functionality
  • Find all help from Study in the States regardless of where it is located
  • Will begin to debut in April with limited changes but will be updating as content updates become available.

Employment Information Page

  • New SEVIS page
  • F-1 Employment history regardless of school
    • Type of employment
    • Authorization period
  • Pre-release webinar

OPT Dates Bug Fix

  • SEVIS had been improperly overwriting DSO-recommended dates with USCIS dates for Pending OPT applications
  • Bug fixed going forward. Can’t fix past.


Major Release

  • Name and address standards will be implemented. Email secondary.
    • Names will be changed to conform to standards
    • Addresses validated
  • New Form I-20 released
    • There will be a phase-in period for schools to transition to the new version of the form
    • The required I-20 data collected will not change. Implementation of name standards adds names.
    • The look will be redesigned
    • Instructions will be updated and moved to page 3
    • DSO name will no longer pre-print
  • Bulk printing of Forms I-20 and DS-2019s
    • Schools may ask for multiple records that meet specific criteria
    • Submit request
    • Will get a page to download for printing
  • Major changes in Search functionality due to new names
  • J-1 Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP)
  • Interface Updates
  • Student/EV header “Look” changed
  • Major change to Landing/Main Page


OPT Employment Information

  • Additional fields
  • Ability to add employers vs. overwriting information
  • More detailed history

Last Day of Valid Stay Indicator

  • Adds grace period on to program/OPT end date
  • Adjusts when end date is

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