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 amended the regulations governing the retention and reporting of information regarding F, J, and M non-immigrants. This rule also implemented 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.

(Updated 10/11/2012 by AD)

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