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DHS Proposed New Rule To Remove Cap On DSOs and Allow Part-Time Study for F-2 and M-2 Dependents

May 2015, 04
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Designated School Official
A final proposal to eliminate a cap on the number of DSOs and allow part study for the dependents of F-2 and M-2 holders has been put forth by the respective officials of the United States lately. As per the new statement that is being published on 29 April, it will be effective from 29 May 2015. Moreover, they have also planned to make few changes to the limitations that were imposed on M-2 and F-2 children and spouses. The new advancement would help the F-2 and M-2 dependents to enroll in any of the part-time study courses listed by the concerned authorities at SEVP-certified schools.

Nonetheless, the procedure for nominating the Designated School Official through the new update of I-17 will remain unchanged. According to the new regulation that’s been put forth on 21 November 2013, ICE (United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has all set to make few advancements to the rules and regulations of F-1 and M-1 schools, such as:

  • To remove the cap on the number of DSOs per campus 
  • To let the F-2 and M-2 children and spouses of F-1 and M-1 students undertake their higher studies at any of the certified school of SEVP, in case their course of study is part-time

The main motto behind the proposal of new amendments is to grab the attention of more number of overseas students and surge the country’s economy.

If the proposed plan is made open to the public, it will eliminate the existing rule of 10 DSOs per each campus. As per the current regulations of the nation every school, whether it may be with multiple or single campus, it is recommended to hold up to 10 designated officials at any one time including a PDSO. And the whole school system of public or private secondary or private elementary is restricted to 10 designated representatives at any single time along with the PDSO.

On the hand, according to the new proposal, all the school officials can nominate as many DSOs without any limit in addition to the concerned PDSOs for upholding the non immigrant status, to assist when required and for reporting to the concerned DHS official. Furthermore, all the concerned school officers are suggested not to allow a DSO or PDSO nominee to access to SEVIS, till they get a valid nomination approval from the DHS. 

As per the new plan, spouses and children of M-2 and F-2 are permitted to enroll themselves in the less than a full study course at SEVP-certified schools without breaking their status , though the part-time study lead to a direct degree or certificate. All the rules and regulations that let recreational, K-12 or vocational enrollment would stay unchanged.

  • DSOs who maintain the SEVIS records of F-2 or M-2's are recommended to continue their regular works but are not allowed to uphold the F-2 or M-2's part-time students’ enrollment information.
  • All the dependents of F-2 and M-2 will be prohibited from engaging in full or part time works 

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