SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, an electronic system by which student and scholar data is transmitted directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. On October 1, 2001, a U.S. law passed called the "Patriot Act" that mandated schools to use SEVIS to report certain data on individuals with F-1 and J-1 status to the government.
There are three main components of SEVIS:
To create an I-20 or DS-2019, a Designated School Official (DSO) in the Florida Tech International Student & Scholar Services Office must enter the pertinant information into the schools database. These new document requests are sent to SEVIS through the internet on a daily basis. The requests are processed and transmitted back as .pdf files. The documents are printed, signed and prepared for delivery to the student or scholar.
The University is required by law to notify SEVIS of certain "events" during a student or scholar's stay in the U.S. The requirements are slightly different for each category:
Students and scholars are urged to make note of these reportable events and seek advising before making any changes that may affect your status.