Dec 3, 2014
Currently there are 1.11 million foreign students studying at nearly 9,000 educational institutions inside the U.S. And according to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) there are only 28 field representatives for the entire program.
Working alongside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the SEVP agents are responsible for overseeing international students while simultaneously protecting national security by making sure students are in full compliance with U.S. laws.
“When we hired the first class of field representatives, we wanted to foster proactive compliance amongst SEVP-certified schools,” said Lou Farrell, SEVP director. “Our first class of field representatives did just that. They helped schools navigate rules and regulations and mitigate issues. We have the same high hopes for the newest class of field representatives.”
The newly-minted “field representatives complete an eight-week training course in Washington, D.C., where they learn about federal laws and regulations and the SEVP school certification process. In addition to classroom instruction, the field representatives spend time at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP),” according to ICE.
In an effort to monitor foreign nationals studying in the U.S., SEVP shares information with other governmental agencies like CBP, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as well as the State Department.
According to the latest October quarterly 2014 report China tops the list of foreign students studying in America: Asia 839,073 (including 77,135 from Saudi Arabia); Europe, 93,295; North America (Canada, Mexico and Central America) 72,716; South America, 52,646; Africa, 48, 476; Australia and Pacific Islands, 6,360.
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