There will be new reporting requirements for F and J international students and scholars effective January 30, 2003. SEVIS is a mechanism to electronically transmit the required information to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of State (DOS) throughout a student or visiting faculty and researcher's stay in the United States.
Schools will be required to regularly update the USCIS/DOS through SEVIS regarding quarterly enrollment, change of address, change of major or degree objective, school transfers, etc. Under the revised regulations, maintaining visa status and full-time enrollment is critical and regaining status with the USCIS/DOS may only be possible in limited circumstances.