The DHS finalized its regulations affecting the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to eliminate the maximum number of Designated Student Officials (DSO) that an academic institution may nominate and to allow dependent F-2 and M-2 nonimmigrants to engage in studies. The DHS had initially instituted caps on the number of DSOs that a school may have. The intention was to remove these caps until a time when the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) became fully operational. The DHS now feels that the time is right and has removed these restrictions. Additionally, the DHS has implemented regulations allowing the F-2 or M-2 accompanying dependent spouse of an F-1 or M-1 student to engage in studies. This was previously prohibited unless the dependent spouse changed their nonimmigrant status to their own student status. The F-2 or M-2 spouse must enroll in classes that do not constitute a full course at a SEVP-certified institution. If the F-2 or M-2 spouse desires to engage in a full course of study, they will have to change their status to F-1 or M-1.