FAQ's and Terms

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

          exchange visitors.

 

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

         students.

 

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.


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