About SEVIS: Student Exchange Visitors Information System

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What is SEVIS?

SEVIS means Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. This system allows US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly BCIS or the INS) to maintain up-to-date information on F-1 students and their F-2 dependents and J-1 exchange visitors and their J-2 dependents.

SEVIS is an Internet-based system that provides tracking and monitoring functionality, with access to accurate and current information on nonimmigrant students (F and M visa) and exchange visitors (J visa), and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2). SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit electronic information and event notifications, via the Internet, to the DHS and DoS throughout a student's or exchange visitor's stay in the United States. SEVIS will be informed of status events for students and exchange visitors including, but not limited to, entry/exit data, changes of current United States address (residence), program extensions, employment notifications, and changes in program of study. SEVIS will also provide system alerts, event notifications, and reports to the end-user schools and programs, as well as for DHS and DoS offices.

The original Form DS-2019 provided to "J" exchange program participants by the program sponsor will include a SEVIS number identifying the student (or spouse or child of the student) for immigration tracking purposes during the course of the person's stay in the United States. While in the United States, persons in J status must report any change in their program status to the USCIS through the program sponsor.

It is mandatory to give Work Experience the address of the place where you live within 10 days of your arrival in the U.S.! You need to inform Work Experience if you change your job, by providing the address and the name of the new employer!

If you don't provide this information, we will not be able to introduce you in the special SEVIS system created by the American Government in the USA in 2003 for having a clear evidence of the J-1 participants and your participation to the programme will end. In this case you will be sent home and you risk never getting an USA visa again.

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How I pay SEVIS?

Usually the sponsors are paying the fees on applicant's behalf.

For Summer Work and Travel program the SEVIS fee is $35 and for Career Training/Internship is $100. These taxes are nonrefundable even the applicants obtain the visa or not!

For more information about payments or details regarding SEVIS fee click here or contact Work Experience staff.

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