Student tracking system has 'serious deficiencies'
The Immigration and Naturalization Service’s online system to track foreign students has “serious deficiencies” in the work performed by school reviewers and the full implementation of the system, according to a report released today. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is not fully implemented, despite assertions from INS officials that it has been running since Jan. 1, 2003, a report from the Justice Department’s inspector general said. The database does not contain complete information and investigators are not trained properly. “We continue to have serious concerns with the INS’ implementation of SEVIS,” the report stated. “The INS has not dedicated adequate resources to the program to ensure that SEVIS applications are adjudicated promptly, and we found that the INS’ oversight of the contract investigators who conduct the onsite reviews of schools is inadequate to ensure the quality of the reviews.” Full Story