Following Admission into the U.S.


Students should report to their school as soon as practical and register for courses or validate their intended participation.

Exchange visitors should report to their exchange program Responsible Officer within (but no later than) 30 days after the "Program Begin Date" listed on their Form DS-2019, for validation of intended program participation with the Foreign Student Advisor.

Continuing Students:

Continuing Students who are going to travel outside of the United States must see their foreign student advisor and obtain an endorsement from the Designated School Official (DSO) or Responsible Officer (RO). The endorsement will be made on page 3 of the SEVIS Form I-20 or page 1 of the DS-2019. When returning to the United States, a continuing student/exchange visitor must present a valid SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019 with the DSO or RO signature showing that the student is active and in good standing with the school or program.

If you are authorized optional practical training (OPT) by your school, make sure that the school has updated your records in SEVIS to reflect this authorization and issued you a new SEVIS I-20 showing OPT authorization on page 3 of form.

Document source:
ICE Press Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Date: January 15, 2004
Contact: SEVP Program 202 305 2346

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