Field representatives are part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and serve as direct day-to-day liaisons between SEVP and SEVP-certified schools.

The SEVP Field Representative Unit enhances national security by fostering an understanding of regulatory adherence and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) data integrity.

Additionally, SEVP field representatives:

  • Ensure SEVP-certified schools understand SEVP rules and regulations.
  • Answer general questions related to the nonimmigrant student process.
  • Provide training and assistance to principal designated school officials and designated school officials.
  • Meet in-person with each SEVP-certified school in their geographical area at least twice per year.
  • Help school officials with the SEVP recertification process by conducting scheduled school visits.
  • Attend conferences and meetings in their territories that pertain to nonimmigrant students.

As a reminder, SEVP-certified schools are subject to on-site review at any time, per 8 CFR 214.3 (h)(3)(iv). Please note that these reviews are not related to the SEVP field representatives and are not part of their duties.

SEVP has now deployed three groups of field representatives for a total of 42. In total, SEVP will deploy a total of 60 field representatives nationwide. There will be three regional groups – eastern, central and western – comprising 20 field representatives in each region. Each field representative will spend four days each week in the field with schools and one day in their “home office."

If a school falls within one of the areas covered by the 42 active field representatives, they will contact you directly to introduce themselves. If a school does not hear directly from a field representative, then they have not yet been assigned a representative. If you are not assigned a field representative, please continue to contact the SEVP Response Center for assistance with questions and concerns by calling 703-603-3400 or emailing

Information regarding hiring and deployment of the final class will be communicated via a SEVIS Broadcast Message.

To learn more about this program, please read these FAQs about the field representatives.