F-1 Visa Students Immigration Responsibilities

Once you have arrived in the United States as a student, you have a number of responsibilities in order to maintain your visa status. It is a good idea to become familiar with your responsibilities as they relate to the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS).


The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a government database that is used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to monitor the status of F-1 students and their F-2 dependents. It also allows schools and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to exchange data on the visa status of international students.

Marymount University is required to report certain changes to F-1 students’ statuses, such as

  • academic admission
  • deferral of admission
  • change in personal information (name and address)
  • change in financial information
  • academic program information and updates
  • registration each semester or failure to register for a semester
  • academic or disciplinary actions taken due to criminal conviction
  • program extensions
  • drop below full course of study
  • resumption of full course of study
  • Optional Practical Training, Curricular Practical Training, off-campus employment
  • premature termination of studies
  • completion of program of study, including any student who graduates prior to the end date listed on the I-20
  • bringing dependents to U.S., updating dependent information, departure of dependents and re-entry of dependents.