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Retention and Reporting of Information for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants; Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Federal Register, December 11, 2002, Page 76255


Immigration and Naturalization Service, Justice.


Final rule.


This rule amends the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Service) regulations governing the retention and reporting of information regarding F, J, and M nonimmigrants (foreign nationals having a residence in a foreign country which they have no intention of abandoning, and who are seeking temporary admission to the United States). This rule also implements the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), establishes a process for electronic reporting by designated school officials (DSO) of information required to be reported to the Service, and provides clear standards governing the maintenance, extension and reinstatement of student status. This rule is necessary to improve and streamline the reporting and recordkeeping of F, J, and M nonimmigrants.


This final rule is effective January 1, 2003.

Further Information

Maura Deadrick, Assistant Director, Adjudications Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service, 425 I Street NW, Room 3040, Washington, DC 20536, telephone (202) 514-3228.