SEVIS is a U.S. government database that allows schools and federal immigration agencies to exchange data on the status of international students. Information is transmitted electronically throughout an F-1 or J-1 student's academic career in the U.S.
An electronic record is created in SEVIS for you after you are admitted and confirm enrollment at the University of Washington. This allows the UW to issue an I-20 or DS-2019, which you need to gain F-1 or J-1 status. When you apply for a student visa and arrive at a U.S. port of entry, the consular officer or immigration official may consult SEVIS in addition to your supporting documents to verify eligibility for F-1 or J-1 status. International Student Services (ISS) will continue to provide electronic reports throughout your academic career, noting information such as registration, address changes, academic program changes, degree completion, and immigration status violations.
The SEVIS program is funded in part by your SEVIS fee ($200 for F-1 students, $180 for J-1 students) to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.