What is SEVIS?
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is an internet-based system requiring schools and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to exchange data on the status of international students and their dependents in the U.S. Effective February 15, 2003, Clarke University must electronically transmit immigration, academic, and dependent data to the INS throughout an F-1 student's academic career in the United States. U.S. embassies and consulates will also have access to SEVIS.
What information is required to be reported in SEVIS?
All of the information from your I-20, along with certain information from your passport/visa and I-94, are tracked in SEVIS. In addition, colleges must report the following:
- Whether the student has enrolled at the school, or failed to enroll.
- A change of the student or dependent's legal name or address – both in the U.S. and in your home country.
- Any student who graduates, and whether it is prior to the end date listed on the I-20.
- Academic or disciplinary actions taken due to criminal conviction.
- Whether the student drops below a full course of study, which requires prior authorization from the DSO (Immigration regulations refer to international student advisers as "designated school officials"-DSO's).
- Termination date and reason for termination.
- Other data generated by standard procedures such as program extensions, school transfers, changes in level of study, employment authorizations, and reinstatement.
- Any student who fails to maintain status or complete his or her program.
How will Clarke help students comply with the immigration laws?
Kate Zanger, your Primary DSO, and the student life staff are on campus to help you maintain status and keep your information in SEVIS current and accurate. They can also advise you on SEVIS and compliance with INS regulations.