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F/M SEVIS Statuses Job Aid

Last updated: June 23, 2020

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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.

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