SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is a web-based system administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program office. SEVIS was established to track and monitor the status and activities of all nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors (i.e. all those in F or J status) entering the United States. SEVIS links electronically U.S. colleges and universities, DHS, U.S. embassies and consulates, the Department of State, exchange visitor programs and U.S. ports of entry with information and updates.
While not a complete listing, Dartmouth is required to report and update the following events:
Information tracked and reported in SEVIS for J-1 exchange visitors includes
Schools or institutions authorized to admit F-1 students, or host J-1 Exchange Visitors are required by U.S. regulations to use SEVIS to report certain academic and biographical information to the Department of Homeland Security. The school can then issue a Form I-20 for the admitted student, or Form DS-2019 for an exchange visitor. This form proves the student or scholar is eligible to apply for an F-1 student visa or a J-1 student or scholar visa.
“Failing to maintain status” means that an individual has not adhered to the terms of their visa, as defined by the U.S. government. Student/scholar immigration records are updated with valid status information in SEVIS every term.
Some examples of failure to maintain status for an F-1 student would include:
Some examples of failing to maintain status for a J-1 student or scholar would be:
Students and Exchange Visitors who fail to maintain status lose the privileges of their student visa and become subject to sanctions from the US. Government, such as a denial of re-entry to the U.S., inability to move from undergraduate to graduate status, denial of requests for Practical Training (F-1 student benefit) or Academic Training (J-1 student benefit)), denial of request to change visa status, possible denial of future visa applications, and removal from the U.S..
If a student or scholar fails to maintain valid status, he or she may apply for reinstatement if the violation resulted from circumstances beyond the student’s control. Reinstatement is intended to be a rare benefit for exceptional cases. The student or scholar may not apply for reinstatement for any circumstances if he or she is out of status longer that five months. If USCIS (for F-1 students) or the Exchange Visitor Program (for J-1 visitors) does not approve the reinstatement, the student tor scholar may not appeal that decision. Your immigration advisor can assist you with a reinstatement application, if you qualify.
See our government fee information sheet, here:
The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of upgrading SEVIS to a new system, You can also visit the SEVIS II website, for more information: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/sevisii/overview.htm
Last Updated: 4/17/12