To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to strengthen student visa background checks and improve the monitoring of foreign students in the United States, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Student Visa Security Improvement Act

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) to: 

 * require DHS employees to review the applications, conduct in-person
   interviews where appropriate, and conduct on-site reviews of applications and
   supporting documentation with respect to student and exchange program visa
   applicants prior to final visa adjudication, with emphasis on determining
   whether an applicant is inadmissible for terrorist-related activities; 
 * require an institution or exchange visitor program participating in the
   Student and Exchange Visitor Program to ensure that each covered student or
   exchange visitor is an active program participant, is observed, and is
   reported to DHS if he or she transfers institutions or academic majors; 
 * provide Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access to
   appropriate employees of a SEVIS program sponsor under specified
   circumstances; and 
 * require a SEVIS upgrade to add data fields that include verification that
   students are meeting minimum academic standards.



  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

    Mar 6th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 16th, 2017