Applying for Visa – SEVIS
The U.S. college or university, that wishes to enroll the international student or participate in the international exchange programs, must be approved by the School Certification the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Most U.S. institutions of higher education have received this approval. That is why, if you have found optimum college or university for studying in the USA, you should check its right to accept international students for studying or training.
In order to apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in your homeland, you must first have a SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)-generated document (either an I-20 or DS-2019) issued by a U.S. college or university or Department of State-designated sponsor organization.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), regulated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is an online-based system that keeps data on foreign students and exchange visitors before and during their stay in the United States.
The U.S. high educational institution that enrolled the international student, must be approved by the School Certification the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and hast strict instructions about assisting in your visa applying. The institution or program sponsor will also send to the student comprehensive additional information about applying for the appropriate visa, as well as other guidance about beginning students’ academic program in the United States.