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SEVP Portal Password Tips Sheet

As a U.S. government system, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Portal must conform to the federal government’s security procedures. Every user who accesses the SEVP Portal must follow these procedures. The initial login is your email address and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) identification (ID) number.

  • Keep your SEVP Portal user ID and password secure.
  • Do not share your SEVP Portal user ID and password.

Password Requirements

Must Contain Must Not
Minimum of 12 characters, but no maximum Re-use the previous eight passwords
One alphabetic character Be the same as, or contain, the user ID (email address)
One numeric character  
One special character (@, #, $)  
  • Passwords are case sensitive. If you create a password using a mix of upper and lowercase letters, you must always enter the password in the same way.
  • Passwords must be updated every 90 days.

Password Tips to Create/Reset Your SEVP Portal Password

Here are some suggestions to create a strong password:

Suggestions Examples
Choose a known word and randomly replace some of the letters with numbers or special characters.
  • University123 becomes univer$ity123
  • Alligator987 becomes a1lig@tor987
Take a word and spell it backwards also add at least one letter and one special character.
  • neighborhood becomes doohrobhgien1#
  • wonderland becomes dnalrednow5%
  • Use the upper keyboard numbers and letters, and add a symbol sign.
  • Change the symbol sign each time you have to update your password.
  • Q1w2e3r4t5y6$
  • Z1x2c3v4b5n6+
Use a sequence of alpha, numeric, and special characters to update password after 90 days. @1a@1a@1a@1a and change to @2b@2b@2b@2b.
Include the date you create your password so you will easily know when to reset the 90-day password.
  • Jan302018@@@
  • Feb10oppo$ite#

If you have trouble using SEVP Portal to create or reset a password, contact the SEVP Response Center at 1-800-892-4829 or 703-603-4300.

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