SEVIS By The Numbers: June 2010 Snapshot

This quarterly report (PDF) is a statistical breakdown of the system’s performance and trends in foreign student representation in U.S. academic and exchange programs. 

As of 30 June 2010, SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) contained records for 1,084,122 active nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents.  The total number of records for all F-1, M-1, and J-1 visa holders is now 7.6 million.

The US is the world’s second leading host of Vietnamese students (after Australia) with 15,301 students at all levels.  According to Austrade, “there were over 16,300 enrolments by Vietnamese students at Australian education institutions in February 2010, placing Vietnam as the sixth largest source of international students coming to Australia.” (July 2010 update)  

Some highlights from the June 2010 quarterly snapshot:

  • Vietnam ranks 8th with more students in the US than Mexico (9th) or  Nepal (10th)
  • China has the highest number of active students (118,506)
  • Business continues to be the leading major for 151,433 international students 
  • 69% of active students are enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs
  • 36% of all SEVP approved schools are in California, New York, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania
  • Of the top five F-1 and M-1 approved schools three are community colleges (Houston Community College System, Santa Monica College, Northern Virginia Community College)

If you look at the breakdown among the top ten countries, you’ll see that there are three discernible “tiers.”  The second ranges from about 24,000 (Saudi Arabia) to 29,000 (Canada) students.  Vietnam is poised to ascend into the 2nd tier in the next few years, assuming the current rate of sending. 


Of SEVIS, SEVP. ICE & DHS:  Decoding the Acronyms

SEVIS is managed by SEVP, which is part of ICE of DHS…

SEVIS=Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, a web-accessible database used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect, track and monitor information regarding exchange visitors, international students and scholars who enter the United States on F, M or J visas. SEVIS is managed by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an office of the DHS.


I-901 F-1/M-1 visa applicants (full payment) $200
I-901 J-1 visa applicants (full payment) $180
I-901 Special J-visa categories (subsidized payment) $35
I-901 Government visitor (no payment) $0

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