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SEVIS refers to the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System. SEVIS was created by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Services - INS) to collect, maintain, and track information relative to international students and exchange visitors. SEVIS is an internet based system that will allow Georgia Southwestern State University, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration, and the Department of State to view a student's information instantaneously. SEVIS is an effort to cut down on paper work, improve reporting procedures, and facilitate compliance with regulations.
Pay attention to announcements and notices that may effect your F-1 Status, thus your SEVIS record.
If you need to get your F-1 visa renewed or if you needed to apply for an F-1 visa, you should contact the US Embassy/Consulate in the country where you are traveling BEFORE you travel. Be sure to find out what documents are required and how long the process may take. NOTE: Please be aware of the long delays affecting the visa application process. Be sure to plan ahead to avoid serious delays!
You may want to contact visa processing office at the Department of State for more information. You may call them at (603) 334-0700 or visit their website at http://travel.state.gov/
If you do receive a new visa, be sure to report to your DSO when you return to campus. A copy of your new visa will need to be placed in your student record.