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Reminder to All SEVIS Approved Schools to Update F-1 and M-1 Nonimmigrant Student Records

Reminder to SEVIS certified schools: Make required updates to all Initial and Active F-1 and M-1 student records in order to verify that students are maintaining their status and to avoid inadvertent cancellation, completion, or termination of student records.

Pursuant to the rules governing reporting on nonimmigrant students, a designated school official (P/DSO) from your institution is required to update each Initial and Active SEVIS F-1 and/or M-1 student record to indicate that the student has initially enrolled, verify enrollment each subsequent term or session throughout the course of the student's program, and update any other information required by the system. You should be aware that SEVIS will automatically change the status of F-1 and M-1 student records from "Initial" or "Active" to "Cancelled", "Completed" or "Terminated" under various circumstances. (Similarly, SEVIS will change the status of F-2 or M-2 dependents.)

DHS will be sending a formal memo to all schools in the near future that clarifies the mandatory timeframes for performing system updates pertaining to student enrollment. In general, however, it is in the best interest of your students and academic institution that all required updates be made as soon as possible. Accurate and current SEVIS information ensures that DHS will be able to correctly verify a student's standing and process any requested benefits.

Please review your records to verify that:

  • All Initial status records for students that have enrolled and registered for the program are updated to reflect registration;
  • All Active status students have current registration information, meaning that the "Current Session End Date" and "Next Session Start Date" have been updated to reflect the most recent information; and,
  • All update actions indicated on other SEVIS Alert Lists that may be appearing in your system are addressed and the relevant student records are updated as needed. Note that a separate message will be sent to you on alert lists that will be modified or removed from SEVIS in future releases.

Thank you for your hard work getting all foreign students enrolled in SEVIS! Let's not forget that all SEVIS records require update and information maintenance. If you have specific questions on the alert lists and automatic status change functions in SEVIS, see the SEVIS School Users Manual at: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/schools/sevis.

Questions that cannot be answered with this manual can be referred to the SEVIS Help Desk at 1-800-892-4829.