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  • SEVIS Access Instructions (PDF | 135 KB) (updated April 2015) 
  • SEVIS PICS ticketing system technology change (PDF | 191 KB)
  • Discontinuation of the Form I-797 Receipt (PDF | 86 KB) (new: August 1, 2013)
  • SEVIS Release 6.11 Final System Changes (PDF | 185 KB) (new: December 1, 2012)
  • Resource for SEVP-Certified Schools List (PDF | 36 KB) (new: February 29, 2012)
  • Fmjfee.com Maintenance (PDF | 150 KB) (new: January 20, 2012)
  • Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver's License or Social Security Number (PDF | 48 KB) (new: January 17, 2012)
  • SEVIS Performance Issues (PDF | 51 KB) (new: January 12, 2012)
  • Old Address on the Form I-20 (PDF | 39 KB) (new: January 9, 2012)
  • SEVIS Production Environment Maintenance Outage (PDF | 24 KB) (new: December 1, 2011)
  • SEVIS Interface Issues (PDF | 13 KB) (new: November 21, 2011)
  • NAFSA Regional Conferences Presentation Available (PDF | 10 KB) (new: November 18, 2011)
  • SEVP Spotlight Inaugural Issue (PDF | 35 KB) (October 20, 2011)
  • Recertification: A Dialogue from an Institutional Perspective (PDF | 21 KB) (October 6, 2011)
  • SEVP Launches Study in the States Website (PDF | 18 KB) (September 19, 2011)
  • New Resources for Nonimmigrant DMV and Social Security Benefits (PDF | 26 KB) (September 19, 2011)
  • Libyan ESL Special Student Relief (PDF | 44 KB) (September 14, 2011)
  • SEVIS Password Security for PDSOs and DSOs (PDF | 34 KB) (August 9, 2011)
  • Notice for English Language Training Schools Seeking to Enroll F Nonimmigrant Students (PDF | 46 KB) (May 18, 2011)
  • I-901 System Enhancements (PDF | 11 KB)
  • Federal Register Publication: Secondary School Student Programs (22 CFR 62.25) (PDF | 21 KB)

Exchange Visitors

If you are a J exchange visitor who cannot contact your program sponsor, please contact the Department of State's (DoS) Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation at (202) 203-5029 for Academic and Government Programs and (202) 203-5096 for Private Sector Programs. You may email the Department's Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation at: jexchanges@state.gov.

  • Continuity of Operations Planning for SEVP-Approved Schools (PDF | 127 KB)


  • Remember to take important documents with you – These include the following:
    • Passport (including visa, if applicable)
    • Form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status," or Form DS 2019, "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status"
    • Form I-94, "Arrival/Departure Record"
    • Social Security card
    • Financial records
    • Plane tickets, if applicable
    • Form I-766, "Employment Authorization Document," (EAD), if applicable
    • Checks, credit cards and some amount of cash.
  • Take any contact numbers or email addresses with you so you can contact your designated school officials (DSOs) or responsible officers (ROs) – Review the school's website or talk to a DSO or RO to find out how you should contact them if you must evacuate.
  • Take the SEVP contact information with you – If you cannot get in touch with your DSO or RO, contact SEVP to let us know where you are and how we can reach you. Email us at SEVP@ice.dhs.gov, or call us at (703) 603-3400.
  • If you decide to transfer to a different school – Check Study in the States or call 703-603-3400 to determine if your new school is SEVP-certified.


  • Please provide an email address and/or phone number to students and SEVP – Provide an email address and toll-free phone number, if possible, for displaced students and exchange visitors to report their location and health status and to receive instructions from you. Also, please have an email address that SEVP can use to contact you if issues arise about F, M or J nonimmigrants during or after an evacuation.
  • If you are unable to provide this information to students or exchange visitors – Advise F, M and J nonimmigrants to check SEVP's website and Study in the States for information and guidance and email us at SEVP@ice.dhs.gov, or call us at (703) 603-3400 to report their location and contact information.