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International Glossary





Code of Federal Regulations

The CFR is kept up-to-date by notices published in The Federal Register which is where agencies giver public notice of rules and regulations, proposed rules, and notices.


Change of Status

Apply on Form I-539 to USCIS to change from one nonimmigrant status to another nonimmigrant status.  Applications are adjudicated by the USCIS



Curricular Practical Training

A cooperative education requirement on your degree program at CCM which requires you to be employed.  The student must receive credit for the training.


The Department of Homeland Security

Agency which replaced the INS and by virtue of The Homeland Security Act of 2002 is granted visa policy authority.


The Designated School Official

An employed member of CCM who represents the school in F-1 student matters.  The DSO ensures institutional and individual compliance with the law.


Employment Authorization Document

Known a work permit. It is a laminated card issued by the USCIS which provides the nonimmigrant a legal right to work in the United States.


Foreign Student Advisor’s Report

Form to be submitted as part of the application process by F-1 visa holders applying to transfer to CCM from another college or university in the United States.

Form I-20

Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 status.  This form is required to apply for an F-1 visa

Form I-94

Arrival/Departure Record

Upon admitting the student to the United States, the immigration officer issues the student the departure portion of fForm I-94, marked with the date and place of entry, the person’s status an 11 digit admission number and for the period of admission known as “duration of status” D/S.

Form I-134


Affidavit of Support

The financial supporting document a United States sponsor or permanent resident must submit on behalf of an F-1 student in order to be issued a Form I-20.


Form I-539


Application to Extend/Change of Status

Form submitted to USCIS for nonimmigrant’s requesting extensions in stay or changes from one nonimmigrant category to another nonimmigrant category.  $300 fee.



United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Responsible for immigration investigations, detention, removal, intelligence and SEVIS.


Immigration and Nationality Act

It is the basic statute of immigration law.  www.uscis.gov/laws




International Student Application for Admission

$30.00 non-refundable application fee



Notice of Action

A paper form the USCIS creates to document the processing on received petitions.


Any person who is not a citizen but who is admitted to the United States for a limited and temporary purpose.



Optional Practical Training

An F-1 student benefit granted by the USCIS for 12 months of employment directly related to the students major.


The Student and Exchange Visitor

Information System of the Department of Homeland  Security's DHS It is web-based system for maintaining information on F-1 visa holders.

SEVIS I 901 Fee

I- 901 Fee

A $200 fee paid by students and exchange visitors who use fForm I-20 to gain F-1 student status


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Formerly the US Immigration Service

Vermont Service Center

75 Lower Welden St.

St. Albans, VT 05479


World Education Services

An organization which evaluates international credentials