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Elements of SEVIS Pages

Last updated 30-Aug-2017

SEVIS Page Components

This user guide explains the page components and functions that may be available on SEVIS pages.

From the SEVIS Sign In page at, enter your SEVIS User Name and Password to log in to SEVIS. The Accessing SEVIS section provides more details.

SEVIS Sign In page

Note: If you have access to more than one school/campus, when you log in all schools will be listed on the Main page, which is titled Listing of Schools. Also, if you are authorized as both a school official and a program sponsor official, you will first be directed to a page that has two links: Listing of Schools and Listing of Programs. You would then click the Listing of Schools link to access the Listing of Schools page, which lists all schools and/or campuses to which you are assigned.

SEVIS Listing of Schools

The SEVIS Listing of Schools page allows users to view and take action on any or all of the schools and campuses with which they are associated. It has the following features:

Listing of Schools page upon logging into SEVIS with numbered, page components parts.

Feature Function
1. Browser Toolbar Provides browser toolbar features used to access SEVIS

Note: Do not use the Back button on the browser toolbar to navigate through SEVIS.

2. User Name Displays name of SEVIS user.
3. Logout Used to exit SEVIS.
4. SEVIS Roles Displays roles of SEVIS user.
5. Get Plug-Ins Used to access the plug-ins used by SEVIS.
6. SEVIS ID Search Uses the SEVIS ID to search for a specific student or exchange visitor in any of the P/DSO and/or RO/ARO’s approved schools and programs.
7. Navigation Bar Provides links to SEVIS pages:
  • Main – Returns user to Listing of Schools or Listing of Programs page. 
  • Help – Opens the SEVIS Online Help page.
  • Message Board – Opens the Broadcast Message Board page.
  • Change Password – Opens the Change My Password page.

Note: The Navigation Bar has been removed from many of the SEVIS screenshots used in this guide.

8. Action Buttons Opens the corresponding SEVIS page for the selected campus:
  • Alerts – Opens the Alerts page.
  • Search – Opens the Search Students & Dependents page.
  • New Student – Opens the Create Student Record page.
  • Student Lists – Opens the Student Lists page.
  • Reports – Opens the DSO Reports page.
  • Downloads – Opens the SEVIS Downloads page.

Note: Due to system limitations, the Alert button is always visible, even if a school does not have any pending alerts.

9. School Drop-down Menu Lists all of the schools with which the P/DSO is associated. Click the drop-down arrow to select the school whose record(s) you want to access.
10. School Name Hyperlink Opens the school’s Form I-17 page.
11. School Campuses List Lists all of the campuses of the selected school where the P/DSO is associated. It displays:
  • Name of Campus
  • Campus Code
  • Location of the campus by city and state
  • Role of the current SEVIS user

Select a particular campus by clicking the radio button before the campus name.

12. Symbols Legend Explains the warning/alert symbols that may appear with a specific school or campus.

Standard Page Components

Additional page components, which are standard windows functionality, display on some SEVIS pages. They include:

  • Scroll Bar: This is the part of a window that enables you to see additional information. SEVIS uses scroll bars on the bottom and/or the right side of some windows to navigate to a different part of a large page.
  • Fields: These are areas on the windows where data may be typed or selected, or in which system-generated data display. 
  • Links: Click on underlined text to advance to a different page within SEVIS.
  • Buttons: These buttons allow you to process data and move between pages. SEVIS uses the following types of buttons:
    • Command Buttons: Click to execute a command. For example, clicking the 
    • Print I-17 button enables you to print a copy of the Form I 17.
    • Radio Buttons: Click to make a selection. Only one radio button may be selected at a time.
  • Other Input Methods
    • Check Boxes: Click to make one or more selections.
    • Drop-Down Lists: Click the down arrow to display a list and then make a selection.


Expand/Collapse Views

Many SEVIS pages allow a user to expand or collapse part of the page to hide or display more information. Use the expand and collapse icons to change the views.

Icon Purpose
Expand Icon Expands the section to display additional information, if available.
Collapse Icon Close the section to hides additional information.

Expanded View

When opening a SEVIS action page, an expanded view of the nonimmigrant’s personal information may display.

Example of expanded view of nonimmigrant’s personal information.]

To hide the nonimmigrant’s personal information, click the red, collapse icon to close the section.

Collapsed View

In the collapsed view, the nonimmigrant’s personal information is hidden, which gives more room on the page without having to use the scroll bar.

Example of collapsed view of nonimmigrant’s personal information

To view additional nonimmigrant’s personal information, click the green, expand icon to open the section, if available.