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Communicating with ERDT: Your Responsibilities

Complete SEVIS Step 1 within 24 hours of arrival

Within 24 hours of arrival, visit click on "SEVIS Step 1," read the text, then click the button at the bottom and answer the questions.

Complete SEVIS Step 2 within 1 week of arrival

Within 1 week of arrival, return to, click on "SEVIS Step 2," read the text, then click the button at the bottom and answer the questions.

Respond to all emails from ERDT within 1 week

ERDT will email participants at least once a month.  Participants must check email once a week and respond to all emails from ERDT within 1 week.

Inform ERDT within 1 week if you change housing 

Participants must inform ERDT within 1 week if they change their housing address.  Any time students report their address to ERDT (when validating or updating SEVIS, or if reporting a new address via email) they must include their apartment number (unless they are in a house).  They may not list a P.O. Box number or an intersection.

In an Emergency

In the event of an emergency, participants may call ERDT at 424-259-1192. After hours, this number directs to a mobile phone carried at all times by ERDT Work & Travel Program staff.  If you don't reach someone right away, leave a message with your name and phone number, and your call will be returned quickly.

If participants feel they are not getting the help they need from ERDT, they may contact the U.S. Department of State.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I don't follow the communication rules?

The U.S. Department of State requires ERDT to terminate the program of students who don't follow the communication rules.

What if I don't have internet access?

When ERDT approved your job and housing, we checked to see if internet was available at your job, in your housing, or at a nearby library, community center or internet cafe.  If you do not have any way to access internet, contact ERDT immediately so that we can help.

How long do I have to report a new job to ERDT?

NEVER start working or training at a new job without permission from ERDT.  Follow these steps first.