The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

The "Retention and Reporting of Information for F, J and M Non-immigrants; Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)" became effective on January 1, 2003. This rule amends the regulations governing the retention and reporting of information regarding F, J, and M non-immigrants. This rule also implements the Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS), establishing a process for electronic reporting by designated school officials (DSO) of information required to be reported.

The use of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is mandatory for the issuance of any new Form I-20. Moreover, schools must issue a SEVIS Form I-20 to any current student requiring a reportable action (e.g., extension of status, practical training, and requests for employment authorization) or a new Form I- 20, for any aliens who must obtain a new nonimmigrant student visa. As of August 1, 2003, the records of all current or continuing students must be entered in SEVIS.

For more information about the SEVIS program, click here.

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Application Requirements for an F-1 Visa
Gaining F-1 status after obtaining an F-1 visa
Changing to F-1 Status While in the United States
Eligibility Requirements for a Change of Status to F-1 Status in the United States
Maintaining valid F-1 status
F-1 Student’s Change of Name and/or Address
Transfer of School
Transfer of Major
Time limitation of F-1 Status
Extension of F-1 Status
Grace Period
F-1 Status reinstatement
Employment Opportunities That Do Not Require Explicit USCIS Approval
Employment Opportunities That Require Explicit USCIS approval
Optional Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training
Change of Status from F-1 to H-1B
Adjustment of Status from F-1 to Immigrant Status
The Spouse and/or Children of an F-1 Student
Attorney and filing fees
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about F-1 Visas/Statuses
The Impact of I-140 Filing on F-1 Students
Special Rules for Certain Border Commuter Students

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