The SLDL Office is the only office authorized to advise students on an F-1 student visa or J-1 exchange visitor visa at CGU. Students who join CGU on nonimmigrant visas other than F-1 and J-1 are supported by SLDL, however, are also referred to immigration attorneys for advice (i.e. H1-B or L-2 visas).
SEVIS is a web-based system managed by the Department of Homeland Security. It tracks information for all international students on a J-1 and F-1 visa. SEVIS generates the Form I-20 and DS-2019, and provides the SEVIS record number.
Claremont Graduate University is required to report information on "reportable events" that affect your immigrant status. These events include but are not limited to:
CGU is required by law to designate university officials to serve as F-1 and J-1 international advisors. These advisors are required to update the SEVIS records for all F-1 and J-1 students and scholars. F-1 advisors are called Designated School Officials (DSO). J-1 advisors are called Responsible Officers or Alternate Responsible Officers (RO/ARO). Common topics to discuss and report to your DSO or RO/ARO are the following:
At this time, the official DSOs and RO/AROs at CGU work in the SLDL Office.
International students who study in the United States are required to follow specific rules pertaining to their visa. F-1 students should follow regulations code 8 CFR 214.2(f) for Academic and Language Students. To review these regulations, please visit the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) website at https://www.ice.gov/sevis/schools.
The Department of State (DOS) manages the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. There are specific regulations for students and scholars who enter the United States on a J-1 visa. For more information, visit their website at https://j1visa.state.gov/participants/.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) manages the Study in the States website to provide resources and guidance for international students studying in the United States on an F-1 or M-1 visa. For more information, visit their website at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students.