Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an internet-based database management system that allows schools and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exchange data on the visa status of international students and exchange visitors. Current student/exchange visitor information is transmitted electronically throughout an F-1 student’s or J-1 exchange visitor’s academic career in the United States. U.S. Consulates also have access to SEVIS.
The Department of Homeland Security and Department of State require international students to pursue a full course of study every semester until their degree program is completed, and make normal progress toward the completion of your course of study.
- Full course of study for undergraduates is 12 credit hours per Fall and Spring semesters. Enrollment during the summer session is not required unless it is the student's initial semester.
- Full course of study for graduate students is 9 hours per Fall and Spring semesters. Enrollment during the summer session for three hours is required for all students who have a GTA/GRA. Other conditions may apply, please contact the Office of Graduate Education to confirm your summer semester enrollment requirement.
- Only one online course counts towards full time enrollment per the physical presence requirement.
- Initial students during Summer enrollment have the following requirements: for undergraduates it is 6 credit hours and for graduate students it is 3 credit hours. 3 credit hours must be in-person all other courses may be online instruction during the Summer session.
F-1/J-1visa holders must report change in addresses:
The student may apply to immigration for reinstatement if the student can prove the violation resulted from circumstances beyond his or her control. Reinstatement is intended to be a rare benefit for exceptional cases. The student may not apply for reinstatement under any circumstances if he or she is out of status longer than five months. If immigration does not reinstate the student, he or she may not appeal that decision and must depart from the US.