Maintaining Your SEVIS Status


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SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS is a United States Government computerized system that collects and manages data about foreign students and exchange visitors during their stay, including InterExchange Internship/Trainee participants. SEVIS is maintained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau (ICE) and is designed to help international visitors follow the terms of their visas.

SEVIS tells the U.S. government where you live, where you work, and your legal status on the Intern/Trainee Program. All program participants must register on the InterExchange website www.interexchange.org/SEVIS.phtml within 10 days of arriving to the U.S.  It is important for all Interns/Trainees to keep Career Training USA up-to-date with information concerning your whereabouts, which will make sure you are in compliance with the terms of your visa.   If you do not give your information to InterExchange you will be removed from the program, required to leave the country immediately and your ability to obtain anther visa to enter the U.S. may be jeopardized.

In order to activate your program in SEVIS, all Interns/Trainees are required to notify Career Training USA upon arrival with the following information:
1.    Date of Arrival
2.    Copy of Visa and I-94 Card
3.    Home Address and Phone Number in the U.S.

If you do not notify us upon arrival in the U.S., your record will go to 'No Show' status, which would mean that you are in the U.S. illegally. Oftentimes, Interns/Trainee stay in hotels/hostels upon arrival and therefore do not have a permanent address.  If this is the case, please enter the address of the hotel/hostel.  Upon finding permanent housing, you can resubmit the SEVIS form or send us an email with your new address.
Also, Interns/Trainees are required to keep Career Training USA up-to-date with your current address.   Should you move during your stay in the U.S., it is important to contact us to give us your new address.  You can update your address by visiting the SEVIS link above or by sending us an email to training@interexchange.org with your new address.
Finally, it is required that all participants notify Career Training USA should you quit your training program or be let go by your employer.  You are permitted to stay in the U.S. a maximum of 30 days after the last day of training.  Should you be unable to find a new position, you are required to return to your home country.  Please notify us immediately should this circumstance arise.   If you intend to find a new employer, we will send you the Change of Host Application, which you would need to complete with any potential employer.

Matthew Graves Matthew Graves

A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in Foreign Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Marketing Project Manager.

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