SEVIS Activation & Orientation
Each semester, F-1 and J-1 Students beginning a new program at Stevens must complete SEVIS Activation. This process is different from the orientations or check-ins held by Stevens offices including Graduate Admissions, Graduate Student Life, Undergraduate Admissions, or Student Affairs, and is an important part of beginning your international student journey at Stevens Institute of Technology.
SEVIS Activation can be completed after your arrival to Stevens. Students must be within the United States in order to submit the form.
SEVIS Activation Information
SEVIS Activation with the ISSS Office is a mandatory process done right before classes start after you have arrived to the U.S./to Stevens and must be completed before starting your program at Stevens. The process is required by the Department of Homeland Security, and ensures that all students who are beginning their F-1 or J-1 program at Stevens have arrived and are ready to begin.
Completing the Mandatory SEVIS Activation Form is essential for compliance with U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations and University policies. Failure to timely check in and produce your documents to the ISSS Office may result in the loss of your lawful F-1 status.
Please review the SEVIS Activation Guide to answer many questions you might have while completing your SEVIS Activation Form.
SEVIS Activation (previously called ISSS Check-In) is conducted virtually, through an ISSS Intranet Student Portal and should be completed only after the student's arrival to Stevens.
Students who are in the United States and are ready to begin their academic program at Stevens should follow the below instructions to complete SEVIS Activation.
Please use the SEVIS Activation Resources in order to complete the SEVIS Activation. You will need your Stevens credentials found in your admissions information in order to access the form.
If you have any questions regarding SEVIS Activation, please email Alyssa Morga at [email protected].
The SEVIS Activation Guide will answer many questions you have about completing SEVIS Activation.
Additional questions regarding the SEVIS Activation Form may be sent to [email protected].
All students beginning a new F-1 or J-1 program at Stevens must complete SEVIS Activation prior to the semester start date in order to activate their F-1 or J-1 SEVIS Records at Stevens.
This includes students who are transferring from another U.S. Institution, students who had previously studied at Stevens and are now returning to continue their program, students who were previously studying on a different immigration status (such as H-4), and previous Stevens students who are beginning a new degree level. SEVIS Activation is mandatory regardless of if the student traveled outside of the U.S. between their previous program and arriving at Stevens.
Your SEVIS Activation Workday Hold will be removed from your Workday Records within 3-4 days of your SEVIS Activation Form submission. The SEVIS Activation Workday Hold does not have any impact on your program and is placed on your records as a reminder of the requirement.
You may begin your program as planned while the SEVIS Activation Hold is on your account. It will not impact your ability to choose or change classes or to attend your orientation or courses once the semester begins.
SEVIS Activation Resources
Please review all available resources in order to be best prepared for your F-1 or J-1 Program at Stevens Institute of Technology
Maintaining Your Immigration Status in the U.S.
This video will guide you through the main ways to maintain your immigration status while in the United States.
Access your Electronic I-94
Follow this link to search for your electronic I-94 record. The I-94 record is required to submit your SEVIS Activation Form.