On This Page: Alternate Responsible OfficerDepartment of StateDesignated School OfficialProgram SponsorStudent Exchange Visitor Information SystemStudent Exchange Visitor Program

Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) 

Individuals at your Program Sponsor who are authorized to update and maintain DS-2019 records in SEVIS are AROs. An ARO can sign a DS-2019 for travel and advise on J-1 status requirements and benefits, such as full-time enrollment or employment authorization. If the University of Arizona is not your Program Sponsor, then the AROs at International Student Services cannot sign or update your DS-2019 record. 

Department of State (DOS) 

The Department of State manages exchange visitor programs and J-1 exchange visitors, and is responsible for visa issuance at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. 

Designated School Official (DSO) 

A DSO is an international student adviser authorized to update and maintain I-20 records in SEVIS. A DSO can sign an I-20 for travel and advise on F-1 status requirements and benefits, such as full-time enrollment or employment authorization. 

Program Sponsor 

A Program Sponsor is an institution, agency or organization that issues DS-2019s. They are responsible for providing opportunities for exchange visitors to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States. 

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) 

SEVIS is a Department of Homeland Security online database for international student records. I-20 and DS-2019 records are issued and maintained through SEVIS. 

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) 

SEVP is a Department of Homeland Security program that manages F-1 international students and the institutions that host international students through SEVIS. SEVP is responsible for ensuring that rules and regulations are followed by international students.