A Brief Overview of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program

A therapeutic boarding school in Idaho, Boulder Creek Academy has spent over two decades meeting the unique needs of students between the ages of 14 and 18 who are struggling with a range of social and cognitive deficits. Boulder Creek Academy is a year-round school that is fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and affiliated with such programs as the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

A part of the National Security Investigations Division, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) manages nonimmigrant students in the academic and vocational vice classification and the schools who teach such students. It was designed to ensure that all rules and regulations are followed by international students studying in the United States and to certify schools so that they may accept international students. Additionally, SEVP maintains several outreach programs to help students find a SEVP-certified school and maintain their student status. These outreach efforts also focus on such areas as student benefits, postgraduate procedures, and international student regulations.

SEVP oversees its certified schools and international students with the help of SEVIS, or the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. This system tracks and monitors certified schools and exchange visitor programs, while also monitoring vocational and academic nonimmigrants while they participate in the United States education system. To accomplish its goal, SEVP works with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and several other government partners.

SEVP – Nonimmigrant Status for Foreign Students in the US

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Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Offering therapeutic curricula and services to students aged 13-18, Boulder Creek Academy utilizes brain-based learning to enhance students’ memory, communication, and cognitive functioning. Actively affiliated with several organizations, Boulder Creek Academy currently holds membership in the government-run Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

SEVP upholds national security by collecting regular information and statistics on non-immigrant students currently attending US schools. Long-term visitors to the US are assigned a non-immigrant classification depending on their length of stay in the US and their purpose for entering. Non-immigrant students are divided into two categories: F-1 non-immigrants and M-1 non-immigrants. F-1 non-immigrants are foreign students pursuing academic study, whereas M-1 non-immigrants are foreign students pursuing vocational study. All schools and programs must be SEVP-approved in order for foreign residents to qualify for non-immigrant student status.

Non-immigrant students may be accompanied by spouses and children. Dependents of students are classified under either F-2 or M-2 status. To learn more about SEVP and how to become a non-immigrant student in the US, go to www.ICE.gov/SEVIS.