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Preparation for SEVIS - 2003
Initial SEVIS Implementation
SEVIS Fee

Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act

Public Law 107-173

Summary
 This legislation was signed into law by President Bush on 05/14/2002.   It significantly expands the scope of information to be collected, maintained, and reported by schools and program sponsors, and calls for implementation by 09/11/2002 of a "Transitional Program" which schools and sponsors will be required to comply with until the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is fully implemented.

F-1 and M-1 Students

New student information to be reported by schools includes:

  1. Registration and date of enrollment (reporting deadline to be determined by federal regulations)
  2. Failure to register and enroll (statutory reporting deadline - not later than 30 days after the deadline to register for classes)
  3. Date of termination of studies and reason for termination (reporting deadline to be determined by federal regulations)

J-1 Exchange Visitors 

New exchange visitor information to be reported by program sponsors includes:

  1. Date of commencement of program participation (reporting deadline to be determined by federal regulations)
  2. Failure to commence program participation (statutory reporting deadline - not later than 30 days after scheduled commencement of participation)
  3. Date of termination of program participation and reason for termination (reporting deadline to be determined by federal regulations)

Transitional Program
This program begins no later than 120 days after enactment, which is 09/11/2002, and ends when SEVIS is "fully implemented".  

The program calls for the following:

  1. School must send to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) electronic evidence of each F-1 and M-1 "acceptance" by the school, and of each J-1 "acceptance" if the exchange visitor is "seeking to attend an approved institution of higher education" (compliance required for visa issuance)
  2. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) must notify school if the individual enters the U.S. (no time frame for notification is specified in the statute)
  3. School must notify USCIS of failure of individual (identified by the USCIS through 2. above) to enroll or commence program participation (statutory reporting deadline - not later than 30 days after the deadline for registering for classes)

Other Provisions   A biannual compliance review of schools by the USCIS and, as appropriate, by the DOS is mandated.   Material failure to comply will result in the suspension of federal authorization to enroll F-1 and/or M-1 students, and/or serve as a program sponsor for J-1 exchange visitors.     

Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors (Sections 501)

Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors (Sections 502)

 

 

ISSO
Boston University
February 28, 2005

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office