What is SEVIS?
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is a nationwide, Internet-based system that the U.S. government uses to maintain accurate and current information on non-immigrant students (F and M visa), exchange visitors (J visa), and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2).
You will be registered as an non-immigrant for an M-1 Visa, after you have been issued your I-20 you will receive an M-1 Visa to attend Star Helicopters for Flight Training.
You are first entered into SEVIS (by a Designated School Official at Star Helicopters) when your initial I-20 is created. When your initial I-20 is printed out, it comes with a barcode and a unique SEVIS ID number. This SEVIS ID should stay with you for as long as you study continuously in the U.S. even if you change your major or transfer to a new school. (If you are out of the U.S. for more than five consecutive months, then you will need a new I-20 to re-enter the U.S.).
When you enter the U.S., your arrival is recorded in SEVIS at your port of entry. After you begin your studies in the U.S., SEVIS maintains personal information about you and your academic status. In other words, SEVIS tracks whether you are maintaining M-1 status. The designated school officials (DSO’s) are required by law to enter the following information about each M-1 student:
- Your local address
When you register for your first session at IEI, you must report your local address. If you move at any time, you must notify the DSO and complete a change-of-address form for Immigration.
- Confirmation of registration
At the beginning of each session, the DSO will confirm that you are enrolled fulltime for the current session.
- Reduced course load
If you are eligible for a reduced course load, the DSO must report that as well as the reason why you are not able to take a full course load (e.g., medical reasons).
If you are eligible for your annual vacation and decide not to enroll for a session, the DSO will report that you are on vacation for that session.
If you want to enroll at another school, you must request an official transfer from your DSO. In most cases, you will obtain a transfer request form from your new school to be given to the DSO at your current school. Your current DSO will then transfer your SEVIS record to your new school. Your SEVIS record is accessible to only one school at any time.
If, for some reason, you cannot finish the Star Helicopters Flight Training program by the program end date indicated on your I-20, you can request an extension. You must request an extension at least 30 days BEFORE the program end date.
- Completion of program
If you complete the Star helicopters Flight Training program or you return home AND you don’t plan to return to the U.S. within 6 months, then your SEVIS record will indicate that you have completed the program.
Your SEVIS record may be terminated for various reasons, for example, if you do not enroll in classes when you should; if you are dismissed for any reason; or if you work off-campus. If your SEVIS record is terminated, you will have to file for reinstatement if you wish to continue studying in the U.S. [/text]