US SEVIS Portal for International Students: 3 MUST KNOW Facts

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Attention to all international students! The new student portal for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) has just launched. The portal meant for the international students enrolled in the US colleges and universities will help them make faster and easier information updates with regards to their non-immigrant status.

To maintain their non-immigrant status, the international students enrolled in the U.S. must comply with a host of federal regulations. Namely, this includes the obligation to notify their school officials of any changes to personal or employment information within 10 days’ period.

Earlier,  the school officials had to gather this information and enter it into the SEVIS. The US Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) has changed the rule.

Who Is Eligible?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) launched the SEVP Portal on March 23. The F-1 students (non-immigrant student visa holders) were able to participate in post-completion optional practical training (OPT). The M-1 students (holders of student visas reserved for vocational and technical schools) were able to participate in practical training to submit personal and employer information directly to SEVP.

SEVIS: More Possibilities or More Control?

Before the launch of the SEVP Portal, F-1 and M-1 international students didn’t have any possibility to submit or change their information. As of now, the SEVIS portal allows them to ensure data integrity, while decreasing the workload for school officials. SEVIS allows adding or editing their phone number, mailing and physical address, as well as employer information.

To access the SEVP Portal, eligible students must be registered with SEVIS using a valid and up-to-date email address. After receiving the email address confirmation from the school official, the students will get an email with instructions oh how to create a portal account. Account creation and access to SEVP portal are free of charge.  

SEVIS Portal Testing Results

In the past 4 months, 11 SEVP-certified schools have taken part in a pilot program for the SEVP Portal before the service national rollout. According to school officials, the SEVIS Portal is a feature that “schools had been hoping to see added to the system.” An interesting fact: F-1 students engaged in post-completion optional practical training were no  longer enrolled at universities. Still, they are subject to the reporting responsibilities which require them “to continue to provide a significant level of services to these non-students.”

For more information about the SEVP Portal, including step-by-step instructions and videos, visit the SEVP Portal Help section on Study in the States.

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