Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

SEVIS Introduction

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an internet database that assists the U.S. government in tracking F-1 and J-2 international students, scholars, and dependents.

SEVIS is administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The information in SEVIS is available to embassies and consulates, as well as many other U.S. government agencies.

Oregon Institute of Technology is a SEVIS-approved school. Designated school officials are located on several branch campuses and are certified SEVIS users. Officials create I-20 documents for new and continuing students, utilizing the SEVIS program.

Oregon Tech is required to report accurate and timely academic and personal information online regarding international students and scholars. For questions about SEVIS, please email the coordinator at deanne.pandozzi@oit.edu.

SEVIS Fee

When you receive your I-20 from the Oregon Tech, you are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online. Print the receipt page for proof of payment. For more information and payments accepted, visit the SEVIS I-901 fee website.

The fee is collected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to maintain the SEVIS program. The SEVIS I-901 fee must be paid at least 3 business days before your visa interview.

Travel Checklist

For Reentering the U.S.

Below are the basic requirements for an F-1 to reenter the United States after traveling abroad for five months or less:

  • I-20, endorsed for travel and signed by your DSO.
  • A current passport valid for at least six months after the date of your reentry or, if you are from one of the countries listed, a passport that is current through the date of entry.
  •  A valid, current visa or you traveled to contiguous country or adjacent island for less than thirty days.
  • Financial information showing proof of necessary funds to cover tuition and living expenses.

Bringing your most recent I-94, Departure Card, will facilitate your reentry, if reentering through a land POE. If you are flying, the airline will collect your I-94 prior to departure and you will complete a new one upon reentry.

For more information on reentering the U.S., visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.