Digging Deeper:

SEVIS Database



The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the computer database designed to track information about students, including F-1 students.17 Within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student Exchange Visitor Program oversees the system, which was created in 1996 with the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.  Through SEVIS, DHS collects information from designated school organizations relating to  F-1 students while they are present in the U.S.  SEVIS is web-based tracking and monitoring system that enables schools to electronically submit this information throughout the student’s stay.  Schools must report all status events including each student’s entry/exit from the U.S., any changes of address, program extensions, employment notifications, or other changes.18 A student must inform their school of any legal changes to his or her name or of any change of address, within 10 days of the change.19 Information from SEVIS about the number of students and where they study is published quarterly. Historical information is found in the agency’s Freedom of Information Act library under the heading Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

  • 17. 22 C.F.R. 62 Subpart F – Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.
  • 18. 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(j)(1)(vii).
  • 19. 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(17).