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SEVIS - Student and Exchange Visitor Information System

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system for maintaining information on international students and exchange visitors in the United States. SEVIS is administered by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The mission of SEVIS is to balance Homeland Security with facilitating foreign student and exchange visitor participation in America's outstanding academic and cultural exchange programs.

Hurricane Katrina Information

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program has received numerous questions regarding international students who have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Some of these questions relate to the 30-day reporting requirement, ability to find temporary housing, and the ability to transfer to another SEVIS-certified school. If you are attending a school that is affected by Hurricane Katrina, and are unable to contact your Designated School Official, please contact this office on (202) 305-2346 or email us at Please continue to monitor this website for future updates.

Useful Links

FAQ for F/M Nonimmigrant Students Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

FAQ for DHS Certified Schools Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

Please visit the following DOS Web site,, for instructions on how to comply with the regulatory requirements regarding lost travel documents as a result of hurricane Katrina.