Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
SEVIS is a national electronic database for immigration information concerning students (persons in F-1 or M-1 status) and exchange visitors (persons in J-1 status), and their dependents (persons in F-2, M-2, or J-2 status). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operates the system. DHS, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and educational institutions in the United States share information in SEVIS with each group having specific data entry and case management roles.
SEVIS facilitates the tracking of immigration records and management of student and exchange visitor programs while providing government agencies with real-time data for oversight of student and exchange visitor programs, and enforcement of immigration laws. Under the system, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions are required by law to provide certain bits of biographical, academic and employment information of program participants and their dependents. Because of the real-time nature of SEVIS, program participants must diligently monitor their own immigration related activities in order to maintain legal status in the United States.
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) at Texas Tech manages the University’s SEVIS compliance. Any questions at the University concerning SEVIS should be directed to the OIA.