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F/M SEVIS Statuses

Last updated 25-Jan-2018

This job aid is a quick-reference for understanding the status of a SEVIS record for F and M students and their dependents. 

Status Meaning
Initial
A DSO has issued a Form I-20. 
A DSO has not yet reported in SEVIS the student’s arrival at the school.
Canceled
A DSO or DHS canceled a student’s record because:
  • There is no record of entry to the United States on the record.
  • There is no record of registration.
Note: A dependent’s record will auto-cancel when the status of a student record changes to Canceled. However, a DSO can cancel a dependent’s record independently of the student’s record.
Active
A DSO has entered the student’s registration in SEVIS. The record indicates the student is in status. 
 
Note: A dependent’s record will auto-activate when the status of a student’s record changes to Active.
Deactivated 
This status applies to a student’s original record after the student has either:
  • Transferred to another school.
  • Changed educational level.
Note:  A dependent’s record will auto-deactivate when the status of a student’s record changes to Deactivated.
Terminated
A DSO or DHS has terminated the record for a reason other than “Program Completion.”
 
Note: A dependent’s record will auto-terminate when the status of a student’s record changes to Terminated. However, a DSO can terminate a dependent’s record independently of the student’s record.
Completed
(student only)
 
The student has completed:
  • Studies at the school and
  • Any approved post-completion OPT
Note: A dependent’s record will auto-terminate when the status of a student’s record changes to Completed.