The following may not be approved for attendance by foreign students:
Certification is the process schools go through to receive authorization from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enroll F and/or M nonimmigrants. Within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), SEVP reviews schools that desire to enroll nonimmigrant students to determine denial or approval of certification. Schools must petition online for certification in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), the database which compiles the data for the Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student,” and must submit a nonrefundable certification fee of $3,000 for filing the petition and $655 for a site visit per location listed on the Form I-17.
The following schools are considered to be academic institutions and may be approved for attendance by nonimmigrant students under section 101(a)(15)(F)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA):
Visit the following pages by the Department of Homeland Security to learn more about the SEVP certification process:
The following schools are considered to be vocational or nonacademic institutions and may be approved for attendance by nonimmigrant students under section 101(a)(15)(M)(i) of the INA:
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The SEVP Certification allows educational institutions to enroll students from abroad with I-20 Visas.Once certified, the school has access to SEVIS and may issue Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Student Status,” to prospective nonimmigrant students. To maintain certification, the school must comply with SEVP policies, as well as with the record keeping and reporting requirements stipulated in 8 CFR 214.3.
We hope the information included on this page has answered your questions regarding applying for SEVP certification. Still needing assistance with your institution's process? We are glad to help! Request a free consultation by calling 786-618-277, completing the free session request form, or sending us an email to [email protected]. During this session, we will conduct a preliminary assessment and introduce you to the requirements and process for a school to obtain the SEVP certification and enroll students with I-20 visas.