The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the web-based system that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information on F-visa and M-visa students in the United States and the SEVP-certified schools that enroll them. (SEVP stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Program.)
SEVIS also maintains information on U.S. Department of State-designated exchange visitor program sponsors and J-1 visa exchange visitor program participants.
SEVIS is a critical tool in our mission to protect national security while supporting the legal entry of the more than 1 million F, M, and J nonimmigrants to the United States for education and cultural exchange.
Learn more about SEVIS.
How SEVIS Is Used
For F and M Nonimmigrants
SEVIS is used to:
- petition the Student and Exchange Visitor Program for certification that allows the school to offer programs of study to nonimmigrant students
- update school information and apply for recertification of the school for continued ability to issue Certificates of Eligibility (Forms I–20) to nonimmigrant students and their dependents
- issue Forms I–20 to specific individuals used by nonimmigrants to obtain F or M status while enrolled at the school
- fulfill the school’s legal reporting responsibility regarding the student’s address, course of study, enrollment, employment, and compliance with the terms of the student status
- transfer the student SEVIS record to another institution
For J Nonimmigrants
SEVIS is used to:
- petition the Department of State for designation that allows the sponsor to offer educational and cultural exchange programs to exchange visitors
- update sponsor information and apply for re-designation every two years
- issue Forms DS–2019 to specific individuals to obtain J status
- fulfill the sponsor’s legal reporting responsibility regarding the exchange visitors address, site of activity, program participation, employment, and compliance with the terms of the J status
- transfer the exchange visitor’s SEVIS record to another institution