For F and M student visa processing, you can specify exception units for students who are not enrolled for a full course of study as defined by the academic level and load rules. You can then track students who have your institution’s permission to enroll in less than a full course of study. You are not required to submit to SEVIS the Drop Below Full-time Reason code for those students. For example, a graduate assistant who, by institutional agreement and definition, enrolls for fewer units than typical graduate-level students, might not drop below full-time.


The Process SEVIS Alerts - F/M process evaluates data entered for students who are not enrolled full-time, but whose data is entered for the combination of institution, career, and term that the process uses.


In this topic, you enter full course exception information for a student.

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