Salisbury University - Center for International Education
F-1 Visa Status
What is SEVP and SEVIS?
What is SEVP?
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
acts as the bridge for varied government organizations which
have an interest in information on foreign students. SEVP uses
web-based technology, the Student and Exchange Visitor
Information System (SEVIS) to track and monitor schools and
programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents
throughout the duration of approved participation within the
U.S. education system.
SEVP collects, maintains and provides the
information so that only legitimate foreign students or exchange
visitors gain entry to the United States. The result is an
easily accessible information system that provides timely
information to the Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U. S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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What is SEVIS?
SEVIS is a web-based system for maintaining information on
international nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors to the
United States. It is the core technology for the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) in this critical mission. SEVIS
implements Section 641 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and
Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, which requires
DHS to collect current information from nonimmigrant students
and exchange visitors continually during their course of stay in
the United States. In addition, the Uniting and Strengthening
America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and
Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act; Public Law
107-56, amended Section 641) mandated implementation of SEVIS
prior to January 1, 2003.
tracks and monitors nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors.
If accepted by a school certified by SEVP, foreign students may
be admitted to the United States in the appropriate F or M
nonimmigrant status. If accepted for participation in a
Department of State (DOS) verified exchange visitor program,
exchange visitors may be admitted to the United States (U.S.) in
J nonimmigrant status. Records of these alien admissions and
continued participation in these educational programs are
maintained in SEVIS. Further, SEVIS enables SEVP to assure
proper reporting and recordkeeping by schools and exchange
visitor programs, thereby ensuring data currency and integrity.
SEVIS also provides a mechanism for student and exchange visitor
status violators to be identified so that appropriate
enforcement is taken (i.e., denial of admission, denial of
benefits, or removal from the United States).
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