F-1 Students

SEVIS Violations

It is your responsibility to remain compliant with immigration and university regulations. We are here to provide information and services to ensure that you are aware of these requirements and are able to remain compliant. Maintaining contact with OIS and reading your IU email regularly throughout your time here will help ensure you stay in status. See Maintaining Status for more information. 

If you are not compliant with regulations, we may be required to terminate your SEVIS record. Termination of a SEVIS record (an I-20) is very serious and can have many negative consequences for you. It can end your ability to stay in the United States and attend school. 

SEVIS termination means that you are not in legal status (“out of status”) according to the Department of Homeland Security. If you are out of status, contact us for help right away.

Reasons for the Termination of a SEVIS Record Include:
  • Unauthorized employment
  • Unauthorized withdrawal from classes
  • Unauthorized drop below full course of study
  • Expulsion and suspension
  • Failure to enroll in classes
  • Failure to report OPT employment (automatic action by SEVIS)
  • Accrual of 90 days of unemployment while on OPT (automatic action by SEVIS)

If your record is terminated while on OPT, contact us for information about your options.

In most cases, the termination of your SEVIS record means that you must make plans to immediately depart from the United States. In other words, there may not be a grace period after a termination.

If your SEVIS record is terminated, you have two options: travel outside the United States with a new I-20 or submit a reinstatement application to regain your status. An advisor from OIS will work with you to determine what the best option is for you. To make an appointment, call 812-855-9086.

The best Ways to Ensure That Your SEVIS Record Is Not Terminated Are:
  • Always remain in a full course of study OR request and receive permission from OIS before dropping below a full course of study or withdrawing from all classes
  • Always work only with permission
  • Do not break university or U.S. laws
  • Always check your IU email for important reminders
  • Do not let your I-20 expire