The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the web-based system that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information on Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools and the F and M students who come to the United States to attend those schools. SEVIS also maintains information on Department of State-designated exchange visitor program sponsors and J-1 visa exchange visitor program participants. It is a critical tool in our mission to protect national security while supporting the legal entry of the more than one million F, M, and J nonimmigrants to the United States for education and cultural exchange.
For F and M nonimmigrants, SEVIS is used to:
For J nonimmigrants, SEVIS is used to:
SEVP is working to improve SEVIS to make it a more effective and efficient system for users. In the coming months, SEVIS users can look forward to the following enhancements:
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 authorized the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to create an electronic system to collect information on F, M, and J nonimmigrants to address the problem of F, M, and J nonimmigrants who are out of status and remain in the United States without authorization. The system was intended to support INS’ efforts to determine how many F, M, and J nonimmigrants are in the country, where they are, and what they are studying. After September 11, 2001, Congress updated the legislation to mandate the use of an electronic system to collect information on all F, M, and J nonimmigrants.
To meet this mandate, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State deployed SEVIS in January 2003. SEVIS is a web-based information system that tracks and monitors F, M, and J nonimmigrants and dependents throughout the duration of approved participation within the U.S. education system or designated exchange visitor program. SEVIS maintains records on these nonimmigrants and receives updated information from schools and sponsors, such as changes of domestic address and in program study. SEVIS also maintains information on the schools, exchange visitor program sponsors, and their representatives (i.e., designated school officials, responsible officers, and alternate responsible officers).