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How Does SEVIS Work?

  • After Tufts admits an international student or research scholar, SEVIS is notified and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approves Tuftsí request to issue an I-20 or DS-2019. Tufts sends the new bar-coded I-20 or DS-2019 form to the student or research scholar.

  • The student or research scholar visits the U.S. consulate abroad, and the consulate confirms through SEVIS that the I-20 or DS-2019 the student or research scholar is carrying is a valid document. If everything is in order, the consulate issues the visa stamp on the studentís or research scholarís passport.

  • A DHS officer at the airport reports to SEVIS the studentís or research scholarís entry into the U.S.

  • When the student or research scholar arrives on campus, (s)he reports to one of the following offices, depending on which school (s)he will be attending:

Undergraduates, graduates or research scholars of Arts & Sciences, Fletcher faculty, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Nutrition and its affiliated Tufts programs (including the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging) report to the:

International Center
20 Sawyer Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
(Phone) 617-627-3458
(Fax) 617-627-6076
Email: internationalcenter@tufts.edu

Those attending The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy report to the International Student Advisor in Cabot 404, Medford Campus.

Registrar/Student Academic Programs Office
160 Packard Avenue
Cabot 404
Medford, MA 02155
(Phone) 617-627-3055
(Fax) 617-627-4028
Email: fletcher-international@tufts.edu

Those attending Tufts Medical School (and students attending through the School of Medicine Office of Graduate Degree Programs), Dental School and the Sackler School and those conducting research at Tufts-New England Medical Center or Caritas-St. Elizabeth's Medical Center report to the:

International Affairs Office
Mailing Address:
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Physical Address:
Park Plaza Office Building
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1101
Boston, MA 02116
(Phone) 617-636-0355
(Fax) 617-636-0356

Email: Boston-intl-affairs@tufts.edu
Web site: International Affairs Office

  • Failure to report to the appropriate office in a timely manner (within 15 days of entering the U.S. with a Tufts-issued visa document (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) will result in termination of student or research scholar status and will require the student or research scholar to leave the U.S.

  • The school confirms through SEVIS the studentís or scholarís enrollment. Tufts will continue to provide regular electronic reports to DHS throughout the studentís or scholarís academic career.

  • Finally, SEVIS records the studentís or scholarís departure from the United States.

Tufts University, Student Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.

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