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Personal Information

Last updated 25-Jan-2018

General Information

An F-1/M-1 student’s personal, demographic, and contact information, as seen on the Student Information page, can be edited on the Update Personal Information page. The student’s personal information is available for editing by the designated school official (DSO), when the student is in an Initial or Active status. DSOs are required to update this information in SEVIS within 21 days of the change.

8 CFR 214.3(g)(2).

SEVIS will not allow DSOs to submit an update to personal information if the record lacks:

  • Telephone information
  • Email address
    This is true even if the record is in Initial status.


Update Student’s Personal and Contact Information

The fields on the Update Personal Information page are pre-populated by SEVIS, if the information was provided on the original Form I-20. These fields can be edited by typing in the field or selecting from a drop-down list. When completed, click the Update Information button at the bottom of the page.
To update a student’s personal and contact information:

  1.  Navigate to the Student Information page.

  2. Click the Edit button to the right of the Personal / Contact section header. The Update Personal Information page opens.

The Update Personal Information page has four sections to update:

  • Name
  • Demographics
  • Contact
  • Telephone

3.    Complete the Update Personal Information page. The following tables provide a brief description for each section and field on this page.


Complete the fields in the Name section, as necessary:

Field Description/Explanation
Surname/ Primary Name*
  • Enter the surname or primary name of the student. If the student has only one name, enter it in this field.
  • This field has a 40-character limit.
  • This is a required field.

Note: See the SEVIS Name Standards User Guide for detailed name standards information.

Given Name
  • Enter the given name of the student. The student’s middle name can be included in the Given Name field.
    • This field has an 80-character limit.