The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is an American Government program which acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information on non-immigrants whose primary reason for coming to the United States is to be students.
The Department of homeland security has established this program for those students, who are looking to stay temporarily and skilled workers who want to get professional certifications.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have created this program to streamline the procedure of getting a visa. So, the International Students and skilled workers who want their visa applications approved faster get a visa before the commencement of Programme.
According to their website, the students are classified into two classes called the F-1 and the M-1 category, each is created to differentiate between the normal students who are following the academic education system and others who are following the non-academic training system.
1. F-1: Foreign Students enrolling in academic programs at a university, college. High school, private school, or any other academic institution, including an English language program.
2. M-1: Foreign Students enrolling in a technical program at vocational or other recognized non-academic institution, other than a language program.
After checking types of students, it will be helpful to know about how members of these different classes are treated according to the level of education they are getting in the US.
Kindergarten to Grade 12: It is the first formal class in the American education system, students enroll at the age of six, it spans to Grade 12 which covers primary and secondary education, till they reach the age of 18.
ELT: ELT or (English language training), In the US many Foreigners (from all ages) enroll in language programs that are designed to increase fluency in the English language.
This Programme has even made it more convenient for the governments to send working military personnel to get specialized training.
The process for SEVP certification takes around 12 months to complete, it also requires dense documentation, and included an on-site visit to the Houston campus.
Courses are taught at MIAT College of Technology which offers individuals, career education and training essentials for the skilled workers in the highly demanded field such as aviation, maintenance, energy, industrial manufacturing, wind power, welding, and HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration)
The Houston campus is expanding according to a spokesperson, the number of students is increased 10 times from what it was before, there were only 45 students in 2015 and now in 2019, the number is increased to 425 students. The school is offering courses in both morning and evening classes.
One downside of this training is that the institution gives no scholarships to the international students and they pay full fees from their own or government pays for them.
Housing for these international students is not a big issue, they can get housing near Houston campus because of a special agreement between MIAT and collegiate housing society.
How To Apply
To take part in one of the J-1 Visa programs, locate and contact a designated sponsor.
The designated sponsors supervise the application process and are the main point of contact throughout the exchange program process. Contact the sponsors directly to take part in one of the exchange programs.
About MIAT college:
This college was founded in Michigan in 1969 and has built a strong reputation and effective, relationships with leading employers throughout the United States. MIAT is an institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Eligibility and Fees
Sponsors screen and select their program participants according to the eligibility criteria for each program category. Some categories require that a personal interview be part of the screening and selection process. In addition to program-specific criteria, all participants must satisfy English language proficiency and insurance requirements.
Sponsors are to provide participants with pre-arrival information prior to their departure from their home countries and orientation upon their arrival in the United States. Sponsors are also required to monitor the progress and welfare of the participants for the duration of their programs.
English Language Proficiency
Participants must possess sufficient proficiency in the English language to participate in their programs. [22 CFR 62.10(a)(2)]
Participants and any J-2 dependents (spouses and minor unmarried children under the age 21) accompanying them are required to carry medical insurance at the minimum benefit levels stated in the program regulations. Program sponsors are required to ensure that all participants have appropriate medical insurance.
Sponsors will verify that the participant’s medical insurance meets the regulatory requirements, and will facilitate the purchase of coverage for participants who do not have their own insurance, or whose coverage does not meet the requirements. Participants interested in obtaining appropriate medical insurance should contact the responsible officer of their sponsor organization sponsoring their program.
Willful failure on the part of the participant and/or any J-2 dependents to maintain active insurance coverage is grounds for termination from the program. Please refer to the regulations for details. [22 CFR 62.14]
Sponsors are required to provide their participants with information about the program and related matters before they leave their home countries for the United States. Sponsors must also provide their participants with specific program information and any contractual obligations relevant to their program category. For details, please refer to the regulations. [22 CFR 62.10 (b)(1-8) and specific regulations for categories of interest]
Sponsors must offer appropriate orientation for all participants and are encouraged to offer orientation to the participant’s family (J-2 spouses and dependents), especially those expected to remain in the United States for at least one year. For details, please refer to the regulations. [22 CFR 62.10 (c)(1-7) and specific regulations for categories of interest]. Orientation materials should include information about the region, state, and locale.
Sponsors are required to monitor the progress and welfare of their participants. Sponsors are to ensure that the participants’ activities are consistent with the program category identified in the participants’ Form DS-2019. Sponsors are also to require their participants to provide current contact (address and telephone number) information and to maintain this information in their files.
All program categories require that sponsors provide emergency, 24-hour contact information to their participants. Participants should not hesitate to contact the responsible officer if they need assistance. For additional information, please refer to the regulations. [22 CFR 62.10(e) and specific regulations for categories of interest]
Unless you are in a federally funded exchange program, sponsor organizations charge participants program fees. Fees vary from sponsor to sponsor based on the exchange category, the sponsor’s program, program duration, etc. Be sure to check with your sponsor to get a breakdown of all costs and fees.
When you are accepted into an exchange visitor program, the program sponsor will issue you a form DS-2019. The program sponsor will tell you if you must pay a SEVIS I-901 fee to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or if this fee is already part of your program fees. If your sponsor pays the SEVIS fee on your behalf, the Sponsor will provide you with a receipt confirming payment. Visit SEVIS-901 fee on the DHS website for more information.
Nonimmigrant Visa Application Processing fee –
Each exchange visitor who applies for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate must pay the nonimmigrant visa application processing fee. Read more about current fees for State Department services. Visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website to learn more on how to apply for a J visa. Visa applicants need to demonstrate their eligibility for a visa during an interview by a consular officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate, generally in their country of residence.
You will need to provide a receipt showing the visa application processing fee has been paid when you come for your visa interview. NOTE: U.S. Government-sponsored exchange visitor J visa applicants and their dependents are not required to pay visa application processing fees if participating in a Department of State, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), or a U.S. Government-funded educational and cultural exchange program that has a program serial number beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7 printed on form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status.
Visa Issuance Fee –
Please review the visa reciprocity tables to determine if an additional visa reciprocity fee must be paid upon visa issuance and the amount of the fee. NOTE: U.S. Government-sponsored exchange visitor (J visa) applicants and their dependents are not subject to the visa application or issuance fees.
Best International Scholarships in USA
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships at Harvard University in USA, 2019
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of the Harvard University is offering international fellowships for scholars, scientists, artists and writers who wish to pursue advanced work in academic and professional fields and creative arts. The fellowship includes stipends, up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses.
Application Deadline: September 12, 2019
Saint Michael’s College international awards in the USA, 2019
St. Michael’s College is pleased to provide scholarships for international students to study in the USA. The program is open for pursuing an undergraduate degree program at the St.Mike’s in the US. The studentship will be awarded worth up to between $2,000 and 60% of tuition.
Application Deadline: November 7, 2019
Award: $2,000 and 60% of tuition
Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Awards in the USA, 2019-2020
The Governments of New Zealand and the United States are together furnishing the Fulbright New Zealand General Awards programs for outstanding participants to study in the USA. It is available for a postgraduate study or research at the US Institution in any field. The bursary will be awarded Up to US$31,000 along with the travel expenses and insurance.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
ACI Foundation Undergraduate funding for International Students 2020-2021
ACI Foundation Undergraduate program is a valuable opportunity for students to start their higher studies. This bursary is available for international students and intended to support their undergraduate studies at any university in the USA with covering some educational expenses. This educational award consists of a stipend of $5000.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Foundation Hoffmann funding for International Students in the USA
High achieving international students are invited to apply for the Foundation Hoffman program which is presenting by University of the People in the US. The financial aid is activated to help students in getting an associate’s degree in the US. In this free tuition program, candidates will have up to ten Assessment Fees funded.
Application Deadline: Open
Award: Ten Assessment Fees funded
Bookmundi’s Travel the World funding for International Students, USA
Redesign your thinking by studying abroad for further education. Washington State University is presenting its Bookmundi’s Travel the World funding for the eligible candidates. Aspirants from all around the world are invited to apply for this studentship. The education award will give candidates worth up $1,000 for the duration of their studies.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship at Kent State University, USA
Kent State University is pleased to offer forth #YouAreWelcomeHere funding for its students to empower them with amazing career opportunities. This award will be granted to incoming international applicants from around the world who are going to be enrolled at KSU for fall 2019. This funding education will offer you an award ranges from $8000 – $9000 per year.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2019
Award: $8000 – $9000
Global Scholarship at Kent State University in the USA, 2019
The Office of Global Education at Kent State University is seeking a greater number of high-quality international students for its Global Scholarship. The program is available for undergraduate degree-seeking students. The Global Award provides eligible students with $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester), reducing the cost of a Kent State 4-year undergraduate degree by up to $16,000.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
Rutgers University International Chancellor’s Scholarship in the USA, 2019
The Rutgers University–Camden is now accepting applications for the International Chancellor’s Scholarship. To participate in the undergraduate program, applicants should enroll as an international first-year or transfer student. The university will provide Chancellor’s Award: $10,000 ($5,000/semester), Chancellor’s Merit Award: $12,000 ($6,000/semester), and $15,000 ($7,500/semester)
Application Deadline: Open
International Excellence Award at Northern Arizona University, USA
Northern Arizona University is thrilled to announce the International Excellence Award to provide opportunities for high-achieving underrepresented international students to attend NAU. The program is a merit-based tuition waiver for first time F-1 undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking overseas students. The university will provide varies awards.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2019