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:

  • biographical information (date of birth, country of citizenship, etc.)
  • local and overseas addresses
  • academic information (including enrollment status, academic program level, major, start and end dates of programs)
  • employment authorizations and recommendations
  • visa eligibility document issuance
  • extensions of stay
  • transfers to/from other U.S. educational institutions

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.

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: Your Resource for SEVIS Advice and Assistance

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.

SEVIS Information Sessions

At the start of each term the ISSI hosts mandatory in-person SEVIS Information Sessions that all students who are beginning a new degree program (even if it is their second or third different degree program at Northeastern University) must attend. This session covers essential information that you must know in order to maintain a compliant status on your F-1 or J-1 visa. As a refresher to this in-person session, we advise you to review our Online Sevis Information Session slide show that provides an overview of major SEVIS topics.