Duke Visa Services (DVS) is required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) to submit any new academic program, course, or major curriculum change for approval.

If your department is in the process of creating a new academic program, restructuring a program to include internships, creating or adding courses, check with DVS BEFORE accepting international students. If we have not reported and received approval to add these changes or programs to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), we cannot issue visa documents to allow students to attend the new programs.

We cannot issue visa documents for Distance Education or On-Line Degrees which require no Duke classroom attendance. We have confirmed with USDHS that students in Distance Education programs with a required residency period in the U.S. can only receive a visa document for the residency period, NOT the complete program.

In order to gather the required information for USDHS to review, please see our Submission Request of a New Academic Degree or Non-Degree Program for SEVIS Approval form.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Director of Duke Visa Services.