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 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 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.

For more information about M-1 visas, please click on one of the following links: