Frequently Asked Questions and Terms
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see Southeastern's Multicultural and International Student Affairs site for a list of frequently asked questions that are sure to assist any international student!
Terms and Acronyms
ARO: Alternate Responsible Officer. Acts as an advisor and maintains SEVIS record of J-1
DHS: Department of Homeland Security. Has jurisdiction over immigration services as
well as other functions.
DS-2019: Issued by foreign student advisor for students who wish to apply for the J-1
exchange student/scholar visa.
DSO: Designated School Official. Acts as an advisor and maintains SEVIS record of F-1
I-20: Issued by foreign student advisor for students who wish to apply for the F-1 visa.
Notes program of study and duration of status.
I-94: A Department of Homeland Security Arrival/Departure Record issued to aliens who
are admitted to the U.S., who are adjusting status while in the U.S., or extending
their stay, among other things. NOTE: Changes to the process of receiving
I-94 Admission number went into effect in April 2013. Please go to
www.cbp.gov/I94 for information on how to obtain your number.
ICE: Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Responsible for immigration inspections,
border patrol, and customs services.
PDSO: Principle Designated School Official.
RO: Responsible Officer.
SEVIS: (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) A web-based solution, to
track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their
dependents while approved to participate in the U.S. education system.