The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
SEVIS is the Department of Homeland Security’s electronic database. As mandated by federal regulation, SEVIS tracks and monitors nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors during their stay in the United States. Specifically, SEVIS tracks:
- biographical information (date of birth, country of citizenship, etc.)
- local and overseas addresses
- academic information (including enrollment status, academic program level, major, start and end dates of programs)
- employment authorizations and recommendations
- visa eligibility document issuance
- extensions of stay
- transfers to/from other U.S. educational institutions
SEVIS affects ALL international students, scholars, and their dependents in the U.S. with F or J nonimmigrant visa classifications. Changes in any of the factors above without notifying the ISS and/or receiving advance authorization for those changes are a breach of SEVIS requirements with serious consequences. So it is important that you understand the factors that affect SEVIS compliance.
ISS will assist you in complying with these regulations. Keep in mind, however, that it is your responsibility to make sure you are successfully following all of the immigration regulations.
ISS is required to comply with immigration regulations governing your student status and must submit information every semester as required by Homeland Security.
Students who violate their immigration status may be subject to removal from the U.S. Violations of status will result in the need for reinstatement or reentry to regain legal status. Losing your legal status will seriously impact or potentially end your studies at Merrimack College.
Office of International Student Support: Your Resource for SEVIS Advice and Assistance
ISS advises students on the complexities of immigration compliance, and mediates with various U.S. government agencies. ISS maintains and updates the SEVIS system and advises students on all issues related to SEVIS and maintaining valid student status. Whenever you have a question relating to your legal status or any aspect of compliance, come to ISS. We’re experts and we’re here to help.