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Maintaining Your Status

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Maintaining Your Status

It is important for you to understand the requirements that govern your specific immigration classification (F-1 or J-1) and to communicate with the ISS prior to taking part in activities that may negatively impact your legal status in the U.S. 

Your SEVIS Record

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the web-based system that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information on Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools, F-1 and M-1 students who come to the United States to attend those schools, U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program sponsors and J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Program participants. 

This record was created by the ISS prior to issuing your immigration document. You can find your SEVIS number in the upper right corner of your immigration document.

New F-1 students, and J-1 students, entering the U.S. for the first time in F-1 or J-1 status must pay a SEVIS fee.

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New F-1 students, J-1 exchange visitors, and F-2 and J-2 dependents to report to the ISS with their immigration documents upon arrival in the US.

Reportable Events in SEVIS
What does FDU report to the government? Only the information required by federal law. This includes all data fields listed on your immigration document (I-20 or DS-19), including your personal information, information about your program at FDU, information about accompanying dependents, and financial information.

FDU is also required to report information on academic, disciplinary, or other events that affect the nonimmigrant status of a student or exchange visitor.

For F-1 students, these reportable events include, but are not limited to:
  • Registration/enrollment each school term
  • Leaves of absence, suspensions, or withdrawals from school
  • Authorized and unauthorized drops below a “full course of study”, as defined by USCIS regulations
  • Employment off-campus
  • US residential address changes
  • Changes in major, program of study, or expected completion date
  • Transfer to a new college or to a new degree level
  • Periods of authorized and unauthorized employment
  • Termination of F-1 status due to degree completion, change of status, failure to maintain status, or other reason

For J-1 visa holders, reportable actions include, but are not limited to:
  • Extensions
  • Changes of status
  • Replacement of a lost form
  • Amendments and corrections
  • Change in school or sponsor
  • Completion of studies or participation in an exchange program
  • Change in funding

Incoming F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors must pay a SEVIS fee prior to obtaining the appropriate visa and entering the US for the first time in this status. Additional SEVIS information can be found on the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) website.