Exchange visitor and student information is maintained in SEVIS, an Internet system that keeps accurate and current information on non-immigrant students.
What is SEVP and SEVIS? - Visa USA Expert
SEVPThe Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is designed to help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State better monitor school and exchange programs and F, M and J category visitors.SEVISExchange visitor and student information is maintained in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS is an Internet-based system that maintains accurate and current information on non-immigrant students (F and M visa), exchange visitors (J visa), and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2).SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit mandatory information and event notifications via the Internet, to the DHS and Department of State (DOS) throughout a student or exchange visitor’s stay in the United States.Tip: Click here SEVIS to go to the DHS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Internet site and learn more.Getting Your I-20When you apply for your student visa you must get a SEVIS generated I-20 issued by an educational institution approved by DHS, which they submit when you are applying for your student visa. Your school is responsible for entering your information for the I-20 student visa form into SEVIS.The Consular Officer must verify your I-20 record electronically through the SEVIS system in order to process your student visa application.Unless otherwise exempt, all F-1 or M-1 principal applicants must pay a SEVIS I-901 fee to the DHS for each individual program.See the SEVP Fact Sheet for a fee list.See SEVIS-901 Fee for further information on how to pay the fee.Go USA!– MikeAll information presented here is from my personal research and my attempts to save you time and money when pursuing your dream of coming to the USA to study. Do not take any of this information as LEGAL advice – I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV. This information is gathered from a variety of sources including many U.S. Government websites and I urge you to validate this information as much as possible, just as I do when posting on this blog.