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SEVIS Receives E-Gov Institute's Pioneer Award

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 04060365 (posted Jun. 3, 2004)"

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SEVIS Recognized for Innovations and Streamlined Processes, Receives E-GOV Institute's Pioneer Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is being recognized today for its innovative e-government program, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The E-Gov Institute's Government Solutions Center recognized the SEVIS program with the annual Pioneer Award. SEVIS is an Internet-based program that facilitates the legitimate entry of students and exchange visitors into the United States. It is one of 15 programs selected out of more than 150 government systems to receive the Pioneer Award for best practices in improved operations through innovation applications and streamlined processes.

"Over the last year, ICE has established partnerships with universities and colleges nationwide to implement the SEVIS system, listened to their suggestions and when possible, integrated their ideas into SEVIS operations. The result is a more secure immigration system that helps facilitate international students and exchange visitors," said Assistant Secretary Michael J. Garcia. "The Pioneer Award is high praise for the dedicated team of ICE employees who worked so hard to create and implement this program," Mr. Garcia added.

SEVIS allows the Department of Homeland Security to manage the entry and exit of foreign students and exchange visitors into the United State by maintaining up-to-date student information that can be accessed electronically. SEVIS has simplified what was once a manual process, resulting in more accurate and timely data, faster processing, and fewer delays for student and exchange visitors. Currently, more than 730,000 students are registered in SEVIS at over 9,500 approved schools.

Pioneer Awards recognize innovative e-government services provided to citizens, businesses, and other public sector organizations that have improved delivery of operations with technological innovation and process improvements.

- ICE -

ICE, the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, was established to bring a unified focus to the enforcement of U.S. immigration and customs laws, with the principal goal of preventing violations by terrorists and other criminals who threaten the nation's security.

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