Although the OIS provides information and services to ensure that F-1 and J-1 students understand their immigration requirements, it is ultimately the international student's responsibility to remain compliant with immigration and university regulations throughout their program of study. For more information on the rules on how to stay in valid F-1 and J-1 status, see our web page on Maintaining Status.
When a student does not follow the regulations, the OIS may be required to terminate a student's SEVIS record. Termination of a SEVIS record is very serious and has many negative consequences for a student and his/her ability to stay in the United States and attend school. Termination means you are not in legal status ("out of status") per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Reasons for Termination of a SEVIS record include, among others:
In most cases, the termination means that the student is not in legal status and must make plans to immediately depart from the United States.
If your SEVIS record is terminated, you have two options. Please work with an OIS advisor to discuss the best option for you:
The best ways to ensure that your SEVIS record is not terminated are: