Immigration Documents on Chain
Immigration documents, and their data, are placed on chain, confirmed, and eventually deleting leaving only credentials behind. I started IT development and support in early 1990, eventually moved to media production, and in 2015: back to IT in International Education. I supervise immigration compliance at the Univ. of Arkansas, and have been studying blockchain dev for a few years. CTO of a few companies.
delivery date:
January 2023
Steven Sevic

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This will be the initial research phase of this project with the goal being to provide a roadmap, a MVP, and documentation about developing a working implementation at an university.

The more I continue to research this, the more it seems this proposal will look to other projects, such as RootsWallet (, to see about utilizing other open source efforts along with our own, and help expand upon other projects if we can by sharing information and collaborating. Our goal is to provide a repo and other forms of documentation to help an U.S. University handle incoming immigration documents that need verification from the University they are to attend.

The focus at first are immigration advisors at U.S. Universities that would use a homegrown developed system that could grab documents and credentials from a blockchain and decentralized cloud file storage system akin to IPFS, allow these advisors to then confirm the information in a "document check" phase, and then have the life cycle of this data exist for the duration of stay, until their SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System used in the U.S. for immigration compliance) program ends, and a grace period thereafter.
As opposed to focusing on a project that just develops this very end solution of itself: this phase of this project is just to research how best to go forward to develop the end solution. This solution should be open source so that colleges like M.I.T. can not only use it for their own solutions, but then contribute back to the project for it to begin to support its own life cycle.

The set of deliverables is publicly available document(s), relevant code, and public GitHub repos. KPIs are in the form of how useable these materials are to begin development by Atala PRISM and Plutus developers, and then also International Education offices and their IT support staff.

A survey to these stakeholders and volunteers about how useful this research is, how much it assisted with their development, how many hours of development/research did it save, and ultimately did this project help them produce an end solution for their international immigration document verification? These are the end results of this project everyone should expect.

The challenge is in the development. The Linux Foundation, Jim St. Clair, and many others have faced HIPAA compliance concerns, and this will concern FERPA compliance. Basically: how private can we make this decentralized approach to be? How to we improve over the current methods, and how? What are the established solutions already presented commercially by , others, and how can our open source solution offer the same features and support that is community based?

Delivery of solutions:
I have spent a year researching this myself. I just need to bring my research together with a few others, write white papers and provide a more formalized presentation of my scattered research that can be better consumed by others, collaborate with others (if they are available) such as Jim St. Clair to see what they have done in the medical field with medical records and handling HIPAA compliance.

The funds are to primarily pay others for consultancies, such as having some time with Jim St. Clair that has many experiences with medical records placed on chain, and I am still working on confirming these collaborations with others. I will update this proposal as I receive information from them.

In the very least, the budget provides myself funding to carve out time I can then use to put out various reports and materials based on my past research already completed. I can certainly provide the immigration document need of this project, and also provide what technical roadmaps I can see that I already intend to take unless this phase of research proves my approach incorrect. Although I hope I can volunteer all or much of my time, and use the funding in order to obtain information from others.

What does success for this project look like?
Ultimate success is for an university in the United States to implement the research formed and presented by this project enough to have a prototype or a minimum viable product (MVP) produced at their institutions to then contribute back to the public project.
The basic successful process would be an international student or scholar, say from Rwanda, place their documents into this implemented system, the university to then confirm these documents and able to download them, and then for that university to use this system for this purpose to be confident to allow this student to continue their studies at their universities confident their international students or scholars are in positive immigration status.
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