CFRCode of Federal RegulationsThe CFR is kept up-to-date by notices published inThe Federal Register which is where agencies giver public notice of rules and regulations, proposed rules, and notices.
COSChange of StatusApply on Form I-539 to USCIS to change from one nonimmigrant status to another nonimmigrant status.  Applications are adjudicated by the USCIS 
CPTCurricular Practical TrainingA cooperative education requirement on your degree program at CCM which requires you to be employed.  The student must receive credit for the training.
DHSThe Department of Homeland SecurityAgency which replaced the INS and by virtue of The Homeland Security Act of 2002 is granted visa policy authority.
DSOThe Designated School OfficialAn employed member of CCM who represents the school in F-1 student matters.  The DSO ensures institutional and individual compliance with the law.
EADEmployment Authorization DocumentKnown a work permit. It is a laminated card issued by the USCIS which provides the nonimmigrant a legal right to work in the United States.
FAARForeign Student Advisor’s ReportForm to be submitted as part of the application process by F-1 visa holders applying to transfer to CCM from another college or university in the United States.
Form I-20Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 status.  This form is required to apply for an F-1 visa
Form I-94Arrival/Departure RecordUpon admitting the student to the United States, the immigration officer issues the student the departure portion of Form I-94, marked with the date and place of entry, the person’s status an 11 digit admission number and for the period of admission known as “duration of status” D/S.
Form I-134 Affidavit of SupportThe financial supporting document a United States sponsor or permanent resident must submit on behalf of an F-1 student in order to be issued a Form I-20. 
Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change of StatusForm submitted to USCIS for nonimmigrant’srequesting extensions in stay or changes from one nonimmigrant category to another nonimmigrant category.  $300 fee. 
ICEUnited States Immigration and Customs EnforcementResponsible for immigration investigations, detention, removal, intelligence and SEVIS.
INAImmigration and Nationality Act It is the basic statute of immigration law. www.uscis.gov/laws
ISAFA  International Student Application for Admission$30.00 non-refundable application fee 
NOANotice of ActionA paper form the USCIS creates to document the processing on received petitions.
NonimmigrantAny person who is not a citizen but who is admitted to the United States for a limited and temporary purpose.
OPT Optional Practical TrainingAn F-1 student benefit granted by the USCIS for 12 months of employment directly related to the students major.
SEVISThe Student and Exchange VisitorInformation System of the Department of Homeland  Security’s DHS It is web-based system for maintaining information on F-1 visa holders.
SEVIS I 901 FeeI-901 FeeA $200 fee paid by students and exchange visitors who use Form I-20 to gain F-1 student status
USCISUnited States Citizenship and Immigration ServicesFormerly the US Immigration ServiceVermont Service Center75 Lower Welden St.St. Albans, VT 05479
WESWorld Education ServicesAn organization which evaluates international credentialshttp://www.wes.org/apply