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System Data Entry Standards

Last updated 28-Jun-2017

Learn how to enter information into SEVIS records, including names, physical addresses and email addresses.

Name Standards

In this section, learn how to convert foreign names into standardized formats to get better search results, improve SEVIS data accuracy and facilitate a smoother experience for your students. This section describes SEVIS name standards to follow when entering student information in SEVIS.

Address Standards

In this section, learn about SEVIS address standards and how to apply them when adding and updating F and M student records. SEVIS uses a system to validate U.S. postal addresses entered for students. Learn more about address validation, including what to do if an address is deemed invalid.

Email Standards

In this section, learn about the standards that must be used to enter DSO, student and dependent email addresses in SEVIS. Entering correct information into SEVIS is essential to maintaining the accuracy of the system data while also ensuring that important SEVIS updates are received.