What is SEVIS?

SEVIS is an electronic database system used to collect, maintain, and manage information about international students and exchange visitors while they are in the United States. SEVIS was implemented on January 1, 2003, and is managed by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

Who Uses SEVIS?

Information in SEVIS may be entered and accessed by:

  • Designated School Officials (DSO's) and Responsible Officers (RO's) at an institution or program approved to host international students and exchange visitors
  • Employees of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

What Information is Tracked in SEVIS?

Universities are required to report the following information in SEVIS:

  • Registration
  • Employment authorizations
  • Change of address
  • Change of legal name
  • Change in degree level, program or major
  • Failure to maintain status and/or requests for reinstatement
  • Academic or disciplinary actions by the university due to criminal conviction

Employees of federal agencies may also report the following information in SEVIS:

  • Entry and departure information, including port, date, and admission and departure number
  • Passport and visa numbers and expiration dates
  • Social Security number

Student Reporting Responsibilities

International students at OSU can help ISAS maintain their SEVIS record and meet reporting requirements by:

  • Attending the mandatory international student orientation and immigration document check-in for newly admitted students.
  • Registering full-time by the end of the second week of each term.
  • Maintaining full-time registration each term during the academic year.
  • Receiving written approval from an international student advisor prior to withdrawing from a class.
  • Meeting with an international student advisor regarding issues such as leave of absence, discontinuation of studies, transfer to a new school, program extension, change of major or degree level, etc.

For more information about maintaining your immigration status, please read the Maintaining Status document on the ISAS Forms and Documents page. 

Resources for Information about SEVIS

SEVP Home Page

ICE SEVIS Information Page

USCIS Home Page