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Glossary of Immigration Terms

Term Meaning
F-1 Student visa
J-1 Exchange Visitor visa
I-20 Immigration Form for F-1 students
DS-2019 Immigration Form for J-1 Exchange Visitors
SEVIS Student Exchange Visitor Information System
EAD Employment Authorization Document
DOS Department of State
DHS Department of Homeland Security (formerly known as INS)
Within DHS:
CIS Citizenship and Immigration Services
ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement
CBP Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
D/S Duration of Status
NSEERS National Security Entry-Exit Registration System
OPT Optional Practical Training
CPT Curricular Practical Training