Note -Don’t forget to read the questions at end of the post.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) manages the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
SEVP is a program under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency within Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
SEVIS came online in 2003 to track and monitor the status and activities of nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors (EVs) who enter the United States.
SEVIS quarterly review is based on information retrieved on July 1, 2011. As SEVIS is a real-time data base, exact numbers within this review were accurate as of the date retrieved.
SEVIS Program Totals
- Approved Schools – 10.36
- F1 Students –
- Active – 784,481
- Dependents – 82,859
- Completed – 1,421,858
Top 5 F1 Approved Schools
- City University of New York – 10,079
- University of Southern California – 7619
- Purdue university – 7051
- University of Illinois – 6796
- Columbia University – 6460
Other SEVIS Facts
- 36% of all of the 10,364 SEVIS approved schools were located within California, New York, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania.
- 8 schools have more than 5,000 active students, and out of the 10,364 SEVIS approved schools,
- 6,700 have less than 10 students
- 3,741 schools have no foreign students
Highest Active Students
- China – 150,899
- South Korea – 101,652
- India – 99,180
- Saudi Arabia – 39,505
- Business – 160,196
- Engineering – 106,343
- Basic Skills and Development – 78,925
Education by Level
- Bachelors – 234,465
- Masters – 192,996
- Doctorate – 116,373
F1 Visa Data
Now, we have this data about F1 Visa schools and number of students. But, what is the use of the above data if we don’t use them?
- When I read the above SEVIS data, I have the following questions
- USC is expensive, but why so many students choose to go there?
- Majority of students coming from India will be in Engineering, but why number of students in Business degree is more?
- US Issues 65,000 + 20,000 H1B Visa each year. With 1.4 Million students completing degree in F1 Visa, both F1 and H1B numbers don’t add up.
- How many students do you think from India might be going to US to learn Basic Skills and Development (3rd in Top Courses list)? Why do you think so many students from Foreign countries come to US to learn Basic Skills?