Student and Exchange Visitor Program Law and Legal Definition

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a program designed to help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State better monitor school and exchange programs and F, M and J category visitors. It uses the internet based technology, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), to track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are legally enrolled in the U.S. education system. This program was formerly referred to as the Coordinated Interagency Partnership Regulating International Students (CIPRIS).

SEVP collects, maintains and uses the web based information to confirm that only legitimate foreign students or exchange visitors gain entry to the U.S.