The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the computerized system maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service used to admit and track students and exchange visitors while they are in the United States. JMU is required to utilize SEVIS for initial production of I-20 forms, as well as for reporting changes to a student's status.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will audit JMU's compliance with SEVIS and other immigration requirements by conducting periodic site visits. Failure to comply with the federal regulations could result in the loss of JMU's ability to accept and admit international students and to invite international scholars.
When you first arrive at JMU, you are required to submit a copy of your visa, passport, and I-20 to our office (The Office of International Student and Scholar Services located at J-MAC 6, Suite 23), and to complete paperwork so you can be registered appropriately into the SEVIS system. Federal law mandates that as long as you are a student, the following information must be reported to SEVIS by the Designated School Official (DSO) within our office: