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SEVIS: The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System

Hundreds of students attend the Graduate Teaching Assistant workshop each fall

What is SEVIS?

SEVIS is an Internet-based system that maintains current academic and immigration information on non immigrant students (F/J visas) and their dependents. SEVIS enables schools to transmit electronic information and event notifications, via the Internet, to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Department of State (embassies and consulates) throughout a student's stay in the U.S.


What data does SEVIS collect?

  • Student’s semester enrollment information

    • notes whether or not the student is taking classes

    • notes when a student drops below full time enrollment


  • Premature termination of study

    • including absence from the U.S. for more than 5 months - date and reason


  • Changes in:

    • student’s major or academic level

    • student's (or dependent's) legal name or address in the U.S. and abroad

    • student’s email and phone number


  • Information regarding students who fail to maintain status or fail to complete their program

  • School transfers

  • Program extensions

  • Employment authorizations (Curricular or Optional Practical Training)

  • Academic or disciplinary actions taken due to criminal conviction