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Documentation of Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act

Federal Register, February 16, 2005, Page 7853


State Department


Final rule


This rule makes final the interim rule amending the Department's regulations pertaining to foreign students and exchange visitors who enter the United States in F, M, or J nonimmigrant visa categories. The new regulations will establish the verification and reporting procedures required by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) foreign student monitoring system known as Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). As SEVIS was fully implemented on February 15, 2003, the Department's transitional foreign student database known as the Interim Student and Exchange Authentication System (ISEAS) is no longer available to the educational and exchange visitor communities. However, it remains available to consular sections in the field as a means of electronically verifying student and exchange visitor documentation issued prior to February 15, 2003.


The interim rule became effective on May 23, 2003. This final rule takes effect on the date of publication in the Federal Register.


You may view this final rule online at .

Further Information

Jill Nebel, Legislation and Regulations Division, Visa Services, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520-0106, 202-663-1260 or e-mail