Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Privacy Impact Assessment [open pdf - 202KB]
"Congress has mandated that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Departments of State (DoS) and Education develop a national system to collect and maintain pertinent information on non-immigrant students and exchange visitors, and the schools and exchange visitor sponsors that host these individuals in the United States. To comply with Congressional mandates, DHS and, more particularly, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within DHS, have created the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS maintains information on non-immigrant students and exchange visitors (F, M and J Visas) and their dependents, and also on their associated schools and sponsors. In order to assess the privacy issues associated with the collection, maintenance and use of SEVIS, which includes necessary sharing with other agencies, the DHS Chief Privacy Officer directed that a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) be performed in accordance with the guidance issued by OMB on September 26, 2003, and that the PIA be periodically updated as necessary to reflect future changes."
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov