“SEVIS” stands for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is a secure internet-based system that allows schools and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS) to exchange data on the visa status of international students. Accurate and current information is transmitted electronically throughout an F-1 student’s academic career in the United States. The International Student Advisor, known to USCIS as the Designated School Official (and referred to in this memo as the DSO) is responsible for reporting this information in SEVIS. United States embassies and consulates also have access to SEVIS.

SEVIS Website for Student Visa Holders