The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds foreign-born students living in the United States for academic or vocational education to maintain up-to-date records within the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) in order to maintain status as a student. Current records means more efficient communication among all parties involved– students, their schools and officials with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP.).
The reminder, which comes in the form of a March 29 release, specifically emphasizes the importance of maintaining a correct current address. “Remember, if SEVP tries to contact you while your address is not correct in SEVIS, you will be unable to receive the message and to respond in a timely manner,” according to the release. “This could put your SEVIS record at risk for termination.”
Student who change their address or who have a different mailing address from the one on file with SEVIS are required to provide the new address their designated school officials (DSO) within 10 days of the change. The change can be made in person or by phone or e-mail.
In cases where a mailing address and a physical address are different, students should report both to their DSO. SEVIS generates correspondence to the mailing address through the U.S. postal service.
Sevis might need to contact students for reasons that include:
- Notification of a school’s closing or revocation of SEVP certification
- Notification of termination risk due to non-payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee or noncompliance with Form I-515A, Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor.
All SEVIS communication for the notifications are made through U.S. mail or email. SEVIS never uses a phone call in extending the notifications.
Students are also encouraged to utilize DSOs as a resource in answering questions about SEVP notices.
SEVP is part of the National Security Investigations Division. It works with government organizations interested in information on nonimmigrant students in the United States. SEVP manages schools and nonimmigrant students in the F and M classifications on behalf of DHS.