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Exchange Visitor Program: SEVIS Regulations

Federal Register, December 12, 2002, Page 76307-76316

Agency

Department of State.

Action

Interim final rule with request for comments.

Summary

This interim final rule establishes regulations and procedures for designated Exchange Visitor Program sponsors to gain access to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) database through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for the reporting of information essential to the administration of their exchange visitor program in an electronic environment. It also provides a means for organizations interested in being considered for designation to apply for authorization. The purpose of this rule is to provide immediate access to SEVIS to enable the Attorney General to meet the legislative mandate established in section 641 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA)(Pub. L. 104-208), which requires the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Education, to develop an electronic system to collect information on aliens who have, or are applying for nonimmigrant status under subparagraph (F), (J), or (M) of section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act).

Although the Attorney General has the primary responsibility for implementing SEVIS, the Department is promulgating this rule to set forth the SEVIS requirements that specifically pertain to exchange visitor program sponsors. INS will specifically address those areas over which they have responsibility for exchange visitors (e.g., admission, change of status, and duration of status) in a separate rule.

Dates

Effective Date: This rule is effective December 12, 2002. Comment Dates: Written comments regarding this rule must be submitted on or before January 13, 2003. Comments on proposed information collections must be submitted on or before 60 days from December 12, 2002.

Addresses

Comments regarding this rule must be presented in duplicate and addressed as follows: U.S. Department of State, Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 301 4th Street, SW, Room 734, Washington, DC 20547.

Further Information

Stanley S. Colvin, Acting Director, Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 301 4th Street, SW, Room 734, Washington, DC 20547; 202-401-9810; fax: 202-401-9809.

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