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Essential Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements of F, M, and J Visa Nonimmigrant Students to SEVIS

Naren D. Selvaratnam

Executive Summary

Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) is an act implemented in the year 2003 to curb terrorism by monitoring university enrollments of international students with F, M, and J nonimmigrant visas (§ 8 CFR 214.3). Along with this, § 8 CFR 214.3(g): Record keeping and reporting requirements were implemented. Under this, the focus of this policy analysis is § 8 CFR 214.3(g)(1): Student records. This process was established by implementing Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP). Although there are benefits of this policy, many educators raised concerns over its functionality in benefitting international students.

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