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The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (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:
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 ISSI 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.
The ISSI 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 Northeastern University.
The ISSI advises students on the complexities of immigration compliance, and mediates with various U.S. government agencies. The ISSI maintains and updates the SEVIS system and advises students on all issues related to SEVIS and maintaining valid student status—both individually and via workshops and information sessions. Whenever you have a question relating to your legal status or any aspect of compliance, come to the ISSI. We’re experts and we’re here to help.