SEVIS Termination/Out of F-1 Status

OIP is required by U.S. Federal government to report all SF State F-1 students' enrollment in Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database.  If you failed to maintain F-1 status, OIP is required to report your violation of F-1 status by terminating your SEVIS record and I-20.  

Your SEVIS record is maintained by OIP each semester that you are enrolled full time and comply to U.S. F-1 regulations.

OIP may terminate your SEVIS record for the following reasons:

  • Under enrollment without authorized approval
  • Under enrollment due to online unit count
  • W/WU grade that causes student to fall below units
  • Failure to maintain current U.S. contact information at SF State Student Center

If your SEVIS record and I-20 is terminated, you are considered out of F-1 status.  You will not be able to use the same I-20 to travel or applying for work authorization.  However, you are also advised to contact an F-1 international student advisor to learn how you may regain F-1 status.

OIP will not terminate your SEVIS record and I-20 without notifying you in advance. Be sure to check your SF State email regularly. We will contact you in writing if there is any problems with your F-1 status.

When your SEVIS record is terminated, you are out of status and will accrue Unlawful Presence days. This is a policy that was enacted in August 7, 2018. Click on the link for more information from USCIS  regarding Unlawful Presence and its consequences.


On May 3, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued an injunction (PDF, 274 KB) regarding PM-602-1060 and PM-602-1060.1, policy memoranda titled, “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants,” issued on May 10, 2018, and Aug. 9, 2018, respectively. Due to the nationwide preliminary injunction, USCIS is preliminarily enjoined from applying the policies in these policy memoranda to F, J, and M nonimmigrants. Until further notice, USCIS will apply the prior policy guidance in AFM Chapter 40.9.2, issued on May 6, 2009: Consolidation of Guidance Concerning Unlawful Presence for Purposes of Sections 212(a)(9)(b)(i) and 212(a)(9)(c)(i)(I) of the Act (PDF, 2.90 MB).


OIP may help you regain your status. Click on the link to see How to Regain F-1 Status.


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