What is the Student and Exchange Visitor Program?

What is SEVP and what does it do?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program, or SEVP, collects, maintains, analyzes and provides information so 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 U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), USCIS, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as a number of other federal enforcement agencies with "need to know."




What is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System or SEVIS? What does SEVIS do?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, or SEVIS, is the Internet-based system where DHS maintains information on SEVP-certified schools, as well as the international students who come to the United States to study in F or M status and attend those schools. SEVIS also maintains information on DOS-designated visitor program sponsors and J-1 visa exchange visitor program participants. [J-1 INFO]

SEVIS launched in the summer of 2002. It converted a previously complicated, cumbersome and decentralized manual procedure into a centralized, user-friendly automated process. SEVIS improves data collection and reporting, enhances customer service, facilitates compliance with regulations and helps ICE better monitor schools and exchange programs, as well as F, M and J nonimmigrants.

SEVIS grew from a pilot program – the Coordinated Interagency Partnership Regulating International Students (CIPRIS). The former Immigration and Naturalization Service developed CIPRIS in partnership with the DOS Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (formerly the United States Information Agency), the Department of Education, and members of the educational and exchange program community. This multi-agency effort incorporated into SEVIS information and lessons obtained from the CIPRIS pilot program.

SEVP is currently working to develop the next generation of SEVIS. This new system, SEVIS II, will continue to serve the same basic purpose as SEVIS, while introducing new functionality to improve ease of use.


F-1 Student Visa help


Where can I find more information on studying in the United States?

On Sept. 16, 2011, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton launched the Study in the States Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A key aspect of this initiative seeks to enhance coordination between the various federal agencies that play a role in implementing our international student visa and exchange visitor programs.

The launch of the Study in the States program website was part of this initiative. The website is sponsored by DHS and managed by SEVP. This website provides a wealth of information and resources to encourage the best and brightest international students to study and learn about expanded post-graduate opportunities in the United States. The website also allows ICE and its partner agencies, as well as DOS, to more effectively communicate information to international students, exchange visitors and their dependents.

For more information, please contact our U.S. immigration attorney for a FREE consultation.

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