Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Law and Legal Definition

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System or the SEVIS is a web based database that collects and stores accurate and current information on non-immigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents. The SEVIS is managed by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) collects, tracks, and monitors information regarding exchange visitors, international students and scholars who enter U.S. on F, M or J visas using the SEVIS.

The SEVIS ensures that the information in its system is up to date. The database maintains information on international student or exchange visitor status changes, such as admission at Port of Entry (POE), change of address, change in program of study, and other details. Additionally, the SEVIS provides system alerts, event notifications, and basic reports to the end-user schools, programs, and Immigration related field offices.

The SEVIS has gone through six major release versions to resolve technical problems and accommodate new reporting requirements mandated by federal law. The new versions help in making the system simpler and easily accessible by students.