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INS/SEVIS Regulations

Washington Adventist University follows the proposed rules and implement the usage of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS is an internet-based system providing the government, educational institutions and exchange programs an automated means to exchange timely information about foreign students, exchange visitors and their dependents. The rule will specify that schools use SEVIS to issue documentation to students and report pertinent information to INS. The Designated School Official (DSO) is an assigned officer by the respective college/university who implements SEVIS regulations to collect and report information on foreign students to the INS.

The DSO duties are to report:

  • A student's enrollment at the school
  • The start date of the student's next term or session
  • A student's failure to enroll
  • A student dropping below a full course of study without prior authorization
  • Any other failure to maintain status or complete the program
  • The student's permanent address in their home country
  • A change of the student's or dependent's legal name or address
  • Any disciplinary action taken by the school against the student as a result of the student being convicted of a crime
  • A student's graduation prior to the program end dated listed on the Form

The DSO is not a government representative who can change SEVIS’ decision but facilitate, process documents and information to assist the student. The student must understand the rules and requirement of SEVIS by visiting http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students/index.htm or call directly the customer service line at 703-603-3400