USA considers international student course changes

10 December, 2013

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department in the USA is proposing changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to improve management of international programmes and increase study opportunities for spouses and dependents.


Visit the Study in the States website for a list of SEVP schools


The amendments would allow institutions more flexibility in determining the number of designated school officials (DSOs) that can assist international students and provide oversight of international programmes on campus, by removing the current limit of 10 DSOs per school.

Additionally, the proposed changes would allow dependents and spouses of international students with F-1 or M-1 non-immigrant status to study at an SEVP-certified school, as long as the study is less than full-time.

“These proposed changes will provide greater incentives for international students to study in the United States by broadening study opportunities for their spouses and children,” said SEVP Director, Louis Farrell.

The proposed changes have been submitted to the Federal Register and are open for public comment until late January.

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