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Maintaining F1 Status

Understand the Importance of Maintaining Status

It’s important for students and exchange visitors to understand the concept of immigration status and the consequences of violating that status. Being aware of the requirements and possible consequences will make it more likely that you can avoid problems with maintaining your status.

Every visa is issued for a particular purpose and for a specific class of visitor. Each visa classification has a set of requirements that the visa holder must follow and maintain. Those who follow the requirements maintain their status and ensure their ability to remain in the United States. Those who do not follow the requirements violate their status and are considered “out of status.”

Failure to maintain status can result in arrest, and violators may be required to leave the United States. Violation of status also can affect the prospect of readmission to the United States for a period of time. Most people who violate the terms of their status are barred from lawfully returning to the United States for years.

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an internet database that assists the U.S. government in tracking F-1 and J-2 international students, scholars, and dependents.

SEVIS is administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The information in SEVIS is available to embassies and consulates, as well as many other U.S. government agencies.

Oregon Institute of Technology is a SEVIS-approved school. Designated school officials are located on several branch campuses and are certified SEVIS users. Officials create I-20 documents for new and continuing students, utilizing the SEVIS program.

Oregon Tech is required to report accurate and timely academic and personal information online regarding international students and scholars. For questions about SEVIS, please email the coordinator at international@oit.edu


When you receive your I-20 from the Oregon Tech, you are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online. Print the receipt page for proof of payment. For more information and payments accepted, visit the SEVIS I-901 fee website.

The fee is collected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to maintain the SEVIS program. The SEVIS I-901 fee must be paid at least 3 business days before your visa interview.