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Transitional Foreign Student Monitoring Program

Federal Register, September 18, 2002, Page 58693


Department of State


Interim rule; with request for comments.


This rule creates an electronic system known as the ``Interim Student and Exchange Authentication System'' (ISEAS) for monitoring the visa adjudication process and visa issuances to foreign students and exchange visitors who enter the United States in F-1, M-1, or J-1 nonimmigrant visa categories. Recent legislation requires ISEAS to be operational by September 11, 2002. ISEAS will remain in operation until the foreign student monitoring system being developed by the INS is fully operational. The Department, the INS, approved institutions of higher education or other approved educational institutions, and exchange visitor program sponsors will use the ISEAS database for the collection and transmission of information pertaining to foreign student and exchange visitor visa applicants to ensure compliance with the legislation.


This interim rule is effective on September 11, 2002. Comment date: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 18, 2002.

Further Information

Nancy Altman, Legislation and Regulations Division, Visa Services, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520-0106, 202-261-8040.