Student and Exchange Visitors System (SEVIS)

The Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) is the system that the Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) implemented for electronic reporting and record keeping as dictated by a 1996 law. Your I-20 or DS-2019 was prepared using SEVIS. All those who have or want to have F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 status must have their information entered into SEVIS.

The International Services (IS) office on campus is the primary unit with the ability to enter records into SEVIS, but the student/scholar/dependent has a legal obligation to report some of the information to IS as the list below shows. The USCIS says that it is still the non-immigrant’s responsibility to make sure that he/she stays in compliance with the laws at all times. The IS office wants all MSU students and scholars to be able to focus on their studies and research so it is very important that you stay in contact with this office as a source to get the latest news. Please visit the office before planning any out of the country trips for yourself or your family members to make sure all documents are in order. Check the IS office homepage regularly.

SEVIS reporting requirements for students in F or J status

The following events require that you inform the IS office in order to retain legal status in the United States.

  • Change of address - All changes of address for students and their dependents must be reported within 10 days of moving. Even if you are just moving down the hall to a different room in the residence hall, you must inform this office of the change.
  • Legal name change for the student or his/her dependents must be reported within 10 days.
  • Any changes to the information listed on the I-20 or DS-2019.

The IS office must report the following:

  • Change of address or name within 21 days of being notified by the student.
  • Any student who has failed to maintain status or complete his or her program.
  • Any student who has graduated early or prior to the program end date listed on SEVIS form I-20/DS 2019.
  • Any disciplinary action taken by the school against the student as a result of the student being convicted of a crime.
  • Any other notification request made by SEVIS to the school with regard to the current status of the student.
  • Each term or session and no later than 30 days after the deadline for registering for classes, schools are required to report whether the student has enrolled at the school, dropped below a full course of study without prior authorization by the Designated School Official (DSO) or failed to enroll; the current address of each enrolled student and the start date of the student’s next session.