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This section identifies the United States government agencies and departments that the exchange visitors may interact with throughout their BridgeUSA J-1 EVP program.
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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a US government department that encompasses many smaller agencies. It has many responsibilities, but ultimately its goal is to safeguard the US within its borders.
The DHS' responsibilities include administration and enforcement of immigration and trade laws, US customs and border protection, cybersecurity, stopping terrorism and homeland security threats, and more.

While the Bureau of Consular Affairs is responsible for immigration decisions abroad, the DHS is responsible for immigration matters while exchange visitors are present in the US, e.g., issuing Form I-94, certifying nonimmigrant status, and collecting/monitoring J/F/M visa holders during their stay in the US through SEVIS.

The DHS is made up of 22 different federal departments and agencies, e.g., the CBP, the USCIS, the FEMA, the ICE, and the TSA.

SEVP. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a DHS program that manages SEVIS. The SEVP provides approval and oversight to SEVP-certified schools to enroll F/M nonimmigrant students, provides guidance to both schools and students about the requirements for maintaining their status, monitors F/M students and their dependents during their stay in the United States, and more. SEVP works closely with other government partners involved in the international student process, e.g., the USCIS, the CBP and the DOS.

SEVIS. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system that the DHS uses to collect and maintain information regarding nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors, State Department-designated sponsors, and SEVP-certified schools. For more, click HERE.