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SEVIS Passwords

Last updated 20-Feb-2018

General Password Information

As a U.S. government system, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) must conform to the federal government’s security procedures. Every user who accesses SEVIS must follow these procedures. SEVIS User identifications (IDs) are assigned to each user. Each user must keep their user ID secure and create a good, strong password. 
 
 Do not share your SEVIS user ID and password. Keep your SEVIS user ID and password secure.
 
This page contains information on:
 
  • SEVIS password standards
  • Changing a password from the SEVIS header
  • Resetting a password from the SEVIS Log In page 
  • Principal designated school official’s (PDSO) password reset request for a designated school official (DSO), who has not logged in to SEVIS in 45 days.

Password Standards

Must Contain
Must NOT Contain
  • 12-16 characters
  • At least one alphabetic character
  • One numeric character
  • One of the following special characters: @, #, or $
  • Non-numeric characters in the first and last positions
  • Two consecutive identical characters
  • More than three consecutive characters from the previous password
  • Dictionary words or proper noun
  • User IDs, nor be the same as the user ID

 

negative consequence
  • Passwords are case sensitive. If you create a password using a mix of upper and lowercase letters, you must always enter it the same way.
  • Users may not reuse their previous eight passwords.
  • Passwords must be changed every 90 days.

Password Reminder

Every 90 days your SEVIS password must be changed. When you log into SEVIS after 75 days (and up until 90 days), SEVIS displays a message. It asks if you would like to change your password. 

If you click No, you are logged into SEVIS. If you click Yes, the Change Password page opens. (See Change Password for more information.) 
 
Note: When you log into SEVIS on Day 90 of the same password, you must immediately change your password.
 
Log into SEVIS at least every 45 days. This keeps your SEVIS user ID active. If your user ID is active, you can reset your own password. 
negative consequenceIndividuals who have not logged into SEVIS in 90 days must call the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Response Center at 1-800-892-4829 or 703‑603‑3400 to regain access.

Change Password

Use the Change Password function in SEVIS, if your password has been compromised or if you want to change it voluntarily.

 You must wait at least seven days between password changes.

To change a password voluntarily: 

  1. Log into SEVIS. The SEVIS header displays on the SEVIS Message Board page (or any other page). 


     

  2. Click Change Password. The Change My Password page opens. 


     

  3. Complete all three fields: 
    *Current Password: Your current SEVIS password. 
    *New Password: A unique password. Follow the listed password requirements to develop a new password.
    *Re-enter New Password: The same unique password entered in the field above it. 

    If you change your mind and do not want to change your password, click on another link in the SEVIS header to leave this page.

    4. Click Change Password to submit the change. A Change password confirmation message opens.

Note: Use the new password the next time you log into SEVIS.

If you have trouble using SEVIS to change a password, contact the SEVP Response Center at 1-800-892-4829 or 703-603-3400.

Password Reset

The SEVIS Log In page contains a link that may be used to request a password reset. Use the Forgot Your Password function, if you are an active user in SEVIS and:
 
  • You forgot your password.
  • Your SEVIS account is locked due to three unsuccessful login attempts.
  • Your password was compromised and the Change Password function cannot be used.
  • You want to change your password without logging in to SEVIS.

Icon - Pay attention to an important pointIf you are a DSO who has not logged in to SEVIS in 45 days, you cannot log in because your account has become inactive. In this case, you must ask your PDSO for a password reset from the School Information page. (See PDSO Password Reset for a DSO.)

To reset your own SEVIS password:

  1. Open the SEVIS Log in page. [SEVIS URL: https://egov.ice.gov/sevis]

    SEVIS login
     

  2. Click the Forgot Your Password link. The Request Password Reset page opens. 

    Request Password Reset

  3. Select your User Type, based on whether you work with F/M students or J exchange visitors.

     

  4. Enter your user ID in the SEVIS Username field. 
     
  5. Click Submit. The Request Password Reset message confirms your request is being processed. SEVIS will email instructions for creating a new password.

    Note: An email will be sent to the email address associated with this SEVIS user name. It will provide instructions for creating a new SEVIS password. The email will be valid for 30 days. A password must be created within 30 days of the date on the email.

    Request Password Reset

    Note: You do not have to click OK. However, if you do, the SEVIS Log In page re-opens.
     

  6. Locate and open the email message from SEVIS. It contains the link necessary to reset your password. The link is located at the bottom of the message.
     
  7. Click the Reset Password link. The Change Password page opens. 

    Change Password

    7. Enter information into the three required fields.

     

    *User Name: Your SEVIS user ID.
    *New password: A unique password. Follow the password standards to develop a password. 
    *Confirm new password: The same unique password entered in the New Password field above. 

    8. Click Change Password or Cancel:

    • Change Password: Submits the change. SEVIS does one of the following:
      • Displays the Change password confirmation message, which indicates the password was changed successfully. 

        Change Password Confirmation 

      • Displays the message, - “User is inactive due to 45 days of inactivity. Contact your PDSO or RO to request a password reset.
    • Cancel: Returns the user to the SEVIS Log In page.

    9. Click Ok. The SEVIS Log In page opens. Use your new password to log into SEVIS. 

    If you have trouble using SEVIS to reset a password, contact the SEVP Response Center at 1-800-892-4829 or 703-603-3400.

     

PDSO Password Reset for a DSO

PDSOs can request a password reset for DSOs who have not logged in to SEVIS in 45 days.
 
As a PDSO, to request a password reset for a DSO:
 
1. Navigate to the School Information page
School Information Page

2. Click the Request Password Reset for DSOs link on the left side of the page. The School Official Information page displays. 

School Information Page
 

3. Click the Request Password Reset link for the person who needs a password reset. It is located in the Command column. The Request Password Reset page opens.

Note: The Request Password Request link only displays for DSOs who have not logged into SEVIS for more than 45 days.  

Request Password Reset
 

4. Click Request Password Reset. The School Official Information page opens. 

School Information Page
 

4. Click Request Password Reset. The School Official Information page opens. 
 
Note: The Request Password Reset link is now gone from next to the DSO’s name, on which you just requested a password reset. 

5. SEVIS will:

  • Send the DSO an email with a link to create a new SEVIS password.

Important PointIf the DSO does not create a new password within 30 days of the date on the email, the reset link is no longer available to a PDSO. The DSO must then contact the SEVP Response Center at 1‑800‑892‑4829 or 703‑603‑3400, who will send them an email with another reset link.

  • Send an email to each PDSO for all the school/campuses to which the DSO is associated. The email includes:
    • Name of the SEVIS user.
    • Message Text: 
      • This is to advise you that a password reset request has been submitted for the user named above. This request was submitted because the user has not logged into SEVIS in 45 days or longer.” 
      • The user will receive an email with a link to a secure site that will allow him/her to reset their password and regain access to the system. 
      • If the user is no longer associated with your school or program, you need to remove the user from your list of officials.

Icon Guide

See the SEVIS Help Icons on the SEVIS Help Hub for a quick-reference of the icons used in this user guide.