SEVIS Activation Guide
What is SEVIS Activation?
SEVIS Activation (previously called ISSS Check-In) 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.
How to complete SEVIS Activation:
SEVIS Activation 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 log into the ISSS Intranet Site using their MyStevens credentials to submit the form.
Access the SEVIS Activation Form
Name & Date of Birth:
This information should be submitted to the form as it appears on your U.S. F-1 Visa
You will need to enter two ID numbers on your SEVIS Activation Form:
CWID: Your CWID Number is your Stevens or Campus Wide ID Number. This can be found in your Admissions packet or on your Workday Student Profile. The CWID number should start with 2-0-0 or with 1-0-4.
SEVIS ID Number: Your SEVIS ID number is the number linked with your SEVIS or immigration records. This number can be found at the top of your Form I-20 or DS-2019. It will start with N-0-0.
This should be the address within the U.S. where you are staying at the time of submitting your form. If you are staying at a temporary location, such as an AirBnB or a hotel, enter this address into the Form.
Your U.S. Address should be written as per the examples on the form with your building number, street name, apartment or unit number (if applicable), the city, state, and zip code.
Address Example: 900 Washington Street, Apartment B, Hoboken, NJ, 07030
U.S. Phone Number:
Entering a U.S. Phone Number is optional at the time of submission.
If you do not yet have a U.S. Phone Number, please leave this section blank. However, please remember that it is required of all F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders to report a U.S. Phone Number to ISSS once obtained.
Your emergency contact should be an immediate family member that ISSS will contact in the event of an emergency. Your emergency contact does not need to be in the U.S. or speak English.
Please find your electronic I-94 Records at the I-94 Webpage after entering the details as found on your passport. The I-94 Upload should be a screenshot of the first page of your I-94.
Uploading a scanned copy of your U.S. F-1 or J-1 Visa is optional.
U.S. Addresses are made up of multiple parts: the Building Number and Street Name, an apartment, room, or floor number if you are residing in an apartment building, a city, state, and a zip or postal code.
Building Number and Street Name: 900 Washington Street
Apartment / Unit / Floor: APT B / Unit B / Floor 2
Zip/Postal Code: 07030
Staying at the Sheraton Hotel?
Sheraton Hotel Address: 500 Harbor Blvd, [ENTER HOTEL ROOM NUMBER], Weehawken, NJ, 07086
Popular Zip Codes:
West New York
Your I-94 Record is the DHS Arrival/Departure Record issued to non-immigrants who are admitted to the U.S. Your I-94 Record will show your Admission Number, your “Admit Until Date”, your biographical information, and your “Class of Admissions”.
You will also be able to access your Travel History through your I-94 Records. This will show a record of the most recent times you have entered and exited the U.S.
You should access your I-94 Records by going to the I-94 Official Website, selecting “Get Most Recent I-94”, and inputting your passport information.
As an F-1 or J-1 student, your I-94 should state the following:
Your admission number
Admit Until Date: “D/S” (or ‘Duration of Status’)
Correct biographical information
Class of Admissions: F-1 or J-1, depending on your visa type
I-94 records may take a few days to update online. If your I-94 does not populate electronically after 3-5 days, you must contact CBP for assistance.
If your I-94 is not populating but you would like to submit your SEVIS Activation Form earlier, or the program start date is approaching, you may scan and upload a copy of your I-94 stamp from CBP in your passport.
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.
Access your Electronic I-94
Below are a list of offices that can answer many of the questions you might have about beginning your program at Stevens.
Questions regarding the SEVIS Activation Form: Contact ISSS
Trouble logging into MyStevens or with Okta Verify: Contact Stevens IT Services
Questions regarding enrollment, courses, and class schedules: Contact your Academic Department
Questions regarding Graduate or PhD Orientation: Contact Graduate Student Life
Questions regarding Undergraduate Orientation: Contact Undergraduate Student Life
Questions about Tuition or Tuition Aid: Contact Student Accounts
Questions about Vaccines or Health Insurance: Contact Student Health Services