DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
8 CFR Part 214
[DHS Docket No. ICEB–2011–0005] RIN 1653–AA63
AGENCY: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security is amending its regulations under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to improve management of international student
programs and increase opportunities for study by spouses and children of nonimmigrant students. This rule grants school officials more flexibility in determining the number of designated school officials to nominate for the oversight of campuses. The rule also provides greater incentive for international students to study in the United States by permitting accompanying spouses and children of academic and vocational nonimmigrant students with F–1 or M–1 nonimmigrant status to enroll in study at an SEVP certified school so long as any study remains less than a full course of study. F–2 and M–2 spouses and children remain prohibited, however, from engaging in a full course of study unless they apply for, and DHS approves, a change of nonimmigrant status to a nonimmigrant status authorizing such study.