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Requiring Certification of all Service Approved Schools for Enrollment in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Federal Register, September 25, 2002, Page 60107


Immigration and Naturalization Service, Justice.


Interim rule with requests for comments.


This rule will amend the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Service) regulations governing review and certification of Service approved schools and will continue the implementation of the process by which schools may be approved to obtain access to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). On October 30, 2001, the President issued Homeland Security Directive No. 2 (Directive 2) requiring the Service to conduct periodic reviews of all institutions certified to receive nonimmigrant students. The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, Public Law 107-173 (Border Security Act), enacted May 14, 2002, also requires a periodic review of school approval. While the Service has an existing process for certifying and decertifying schools, the Service is requiring that all schools must apply for certification, in accordance with these new mandates, prior to being allowed to enroll in SEVIS.


This interim rule is effective September 25, 2002. Comment date. Comments must be submitted on or before November 25, 2002.


Please submit written comments to the Director, Regulations and Forms Services Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service, 425 I Street, NW, Room 4034, Washington, DC 20536. To ensure proper handling, please reference INS No. 2217-02 on your correspondence. Comments may also be submitted electronically to the Service at When submitting comments electronically, you must include INS No. 2217-02 in the subject heading so that your comments can be routed to the appropriate program office. Comments may be inspected at the above address by calling (202) 514-3291 to arrange for an appointment.

Further Information

Maura Deadrick, Immigration and Naturalization Service, 425 I Street NW, Washington DC 20536, telephone number (202) 514-3228.