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USCIS ELIS and Nonimmigrant Students Fact Sheet
The USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) allows individuals to e-file applications for immigration benefits. It provides more accurate, convenient, and secure customer service and allows U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process cases with greater efficiency and consistency.
USCIS ELIS allows eligible foreign exchange students to e-file a Form I-539 application to extend, change or reinstate their nonimmigrant status. These answers should give Designated School Officials (DSO) and foreign exchange students a better understanding of USCIS ELIS and how USCIS handles the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20, the Arrival-Departure Record Form I-94, and other documents.
Questions & Answers
Q1. What is the SEVIS Form I-20?
Q2. Is a Form I-20 valid without a stamp?
Q3. How will an unstamped Form I-20 affect work authorization?
Q4. How will an unstamped Form I-20 affect applying for state or federal benefits?
Q5. What is an endorsed Form I-20?
Q6. How does USCIS ELIS handle the Forms I-20 and DS-2019?
Q7. Can a student upload documents after finishing submitting payment?
Q8. What do students enter into the (MM/DD/YYY) field if their Form I-94 only notes “D/S” and does not have a specific expiration date?
Q9. When will USCIS fix the function that says Optional Practical Training (OPT) is Unauthorized Work?
Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/20/2012