The Exchange Visitor Number, often referred to as the “SEVIS ID Number,” is an unique identifier for participants in the Exchange Visitor Program in the United States. It’s found on the Form DS-2019, “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status.” The number is used to track and manage the stay of exchange visitors and their dependents in the U.S.
Here are some characteristics of the Exchange Visitor Number:
- Format: The SEVIS ID Number starts with an ‘N’ followed by nine numbers. For example, N123456789.
- Purpose: This number is used throughout the J-1 visa application process and for various reporting requirements during the exchange visitor’s stay in the U.S.
- SEVIS: Stands for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It’s an online system used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to manage and track foreign students and exchange visitors.
- Multiple DS-2019 Forms: If an exchange visitor has received more than one DS-2019 form over time (for instance, for different exchange programs or a program extension), each form will have the same SEVIS ID Number.
If you’re applying for a J-1 visa or are participating in the Exchange Visitor Program, it’s essential to be familiar with the SEVIS ID Number and to use it accurately in all relevant communications and applications.