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What is SEVIS?

SEVIS is an abbreviation for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  It is an electronic tracking database.  It requires U.S. academic institutions to maintain and report certain information pertaining to international students and research scholars who are on F-1 or J-1 status. There are particular monitoring and reporting requirements pertaining to: enrollment status, changes in academic discipline, country of citizenship, address changes, changes in funding, work authorization status, etc.

SEVIS Registration for F-1 and J-1 Students

  • Our office is required to register each international student with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) within the first 30-days of each semester.  We are required to certify that you are maintaining the required registration status.  (All students are required to be full-time unless they have been approved to be on reduced course load by the International Students and Scholars Office.) 
  • Part of the SEVIS Registration requires that we are also confirm your U.S. address and permanent home country address information.   Be sure to keep your SiS address information current at all times.  Our office receives weekly updates from SiS on all international student address corrections to be entered on your SEVIS record.  All address changes must be reported to SEVIS within 10 days of your address change. 
  • All students are required to be in the U.S. by the first day of each academic session.  Students are not permitted to arrive in the U.S. late without the permission of our office and that of their academic department.  This is especially true for students who are the recipients of a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship. Students are not permitted to take extensive leaves during a semester for a period longer than one-week’s time without the permission of the International Students and Scholars Office.