A terminated record in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) could indicate that the nonimmigrant no longer maintains F or M status. Designated school officials (DSOs) mostly terminate F-1/M-1 students and/or F-2/M-2 dependents who do not maintain their status. However, termination is not always negative. DSOs can terminate records for a number of normal, administrative reasons.
Prior to terminating a record be sure:
Termination is the proper action to take.
To use the right termination reason.
It is possible to terminate F-2 or M-2 records independently of their primary F-1 or M-1 student.
For more information on SEVIS terminations, see SEVIS Help Hub articles:
The student will finish the program earlier than the current program end date in the record.
The record is in Initial or Active status.
The student did not maintain F/M status per regulations.
Important Note: A DSO can manually terminate a canceled record, but the action will show as a correction in event history.
To terminate a record in Initial or Active status:
1. Go to the Student Information page.
2. Click Terminate Student. The Terminate Student page opens.
Note: You cannot terminate the Initial record of a student, who is requesting a change of education level, if the previous record is still Active. In this case, from the Student Information page you must: