The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has added a new section to its website on the development of the SEVIS (Student-Exchange Visitor Information System) II database. SEVIS II supports the application and admission of students and exchange visitors under the F, M, and J classifications. SEVIS II maintains personal information about these foreign nationals and any accompanying dependents. In addition, SEVIS II maintains information on officials of approved schools and designated exchange visitor sponsors who host nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors. The new system will also require foreign students and exchange visitors to input current addresses and other required information.
SEVIS II will deploy in two phases: the first phase is expected to occur in October 2009, and the second, final phase will occur in March 2010. With the full deployment of SEVIS II, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it will retire the original SEVIS system. All necessary data from the original system will be migrated to SEVIS II before the deployment of the first phase.
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