SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, is an internet-based system that allows schools and the US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exchange data on the visa status of international students. Accurate and current information is transmitted electronically throughout a F-1 or J-1 student's academic career in the United States . U.S. e mbassies and consulates also have access to SEVIS.
How does SEVIS work?
After Ball State University admits an international student, SEVIS is notified and the ICE approves the University's request to issue an I-20 or DS-2019. The University then produces a bar-coded I-20 or DS-2019 for the student.
What data does SEVIS collect?
Ball State University must report the following information to ICE through SEVIS:
What does "failure to maintain status" mean?
What are the consequences if a student fails to maintain status?
University international offices are required to record updates on student status in SEVIS every semester. Students who fail to maintain status lose the privileges of their student visa and become subject to deportation. Specific consequences may include denial of re-entry to the U.S. , inability to move from undergraduate to graduate status, denial of requests for Practical Training, denial of requests to change visa status and possible denial of all future visa applications.
Can a student who is "out of status" regain legal status?
If a student drops below a full course of study without prior approval from the DSO, that "event" would be reported to ICE, via SEVIS, and he or she would be out of status. The student may apply to ISCIS for reinstatement if the violation resulted from circumstances beyond his or her control. Reinstatement is intended to be a rare benefit for exceptional cases. The student may not apply for reinstatement under any circumstances if he or she is out of status longer than five months. If ICE does not reinstate the student, he or she may not appeal that decision.http://www.ice.gov/sevis
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