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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Address Notification Requirement

SEVIS Guidelines for F-1 and J-1 Students, Scholars and Employees

SEVIS address guidelines recognize and require the proper formatting of two addresses:

For F-1 students: your current address and your permanent address.
For J-1 students, scholars, and employees: your current address.

Your CURRENT Address must be your address in the USA.
Your PERMANENT Address must be your address in your HOME COUNTRY.

Your address information must conform to SEVIS guidelines for the duration of your program regardless of whether you are currently in the United States or temporarily outside the U.S., for example, on detached study, dissertation research, or vacation. If you are temporarily outside the U.S. and are maintaining your SEVIS status, you can use the U.S. address of a close family member or friend, your previous U.S. address, or your new U.S. address.

**Note: As of July 1, 2015, your CURRENT address must meet United States Postal Service (USPS) standards. Your current address must be a residential address, not a P.O. Box or a department address. When you update your address, do not “future date” the address.

How to enter your CURRENT (US) address:

  1. Go to Wolverine Access > Students > Student Business > Campus Personal Information > Addresses
  2. Click Edit Current Address
  3. Select Country from the drop down list. (Click on “Choose Different Country” then click on “Change Country”.) Remember - Current Address country must be USA.
  4. Enter the address line(s), city, state and postal code.

    If you live in a U-M residence hall (example: East Quad), your dormitory address should be entered according to this example:

    Address line 1: 1234 Tyler House
    Address line 2: East Quadrangle
    Address line 3: 701 E University
    City: Ann Arbor
    State: MI
    Postal Code: 48109

    Finally, in the lower right "Cmps Addr" box, either enter or select "RH" (Residential Housing).

    Click “SAVE”.

    If you live in a house or apartment off-campus, or in Northwood:

    • Enter the street address and apartment number (if you have one) in Address Line 1 only. (For example: 1234 JONATHON CT APT 1).
    • Do NOT ENTER a P.O. Box or UM department address.
    • Do NOT use punctuation.
    • Address Line 2 can be blank or you can enter additional information such as the name of your apartment complex if you want. (For example: Willowtree Apartments).
    • Do NOT ENTER information in Address Line 3.
    • Enter the city, state and postal code.
    • Before you click “SAVE”, verify that your address meets federal Post Office standards at: https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction_input.
      • Input the address. If the USPS site provides a slightly different address than the one you entered, copy the address provided by USPS into Address Line 1

        Example:

        If you entered:

        630 East Liberty Street, Apt. 1, Ann Arbor MI 48104

        And the result from the USPS website is:

        630 E LIBERTY ST APT 1
        ANN ARBOR MI 48104

        Then, paste: 630 E LIBERTY ST APT 1 into Address Line 1

    • Click “SAVE”.

How to verify and/or update your PERMANENT (outside of the US) address information in Wolverine Access:

  1. Go to Wolverine Access > Students > Student Business > Campus Personal Information > Addresses
  2. Click Edit Permanent Address
  3. Select Country from the drop down list. (Click on “Choose Different Country” then click on “Change Country”.) Remember the Permanent Address country cannot be USA.
  4. Enter the address line(s)
    • Enter the street address in Address Line 1.
    • Enter additional address information on Address Line 2 if necessary.
    • Do NOT enter a P.O. Box or departmental address in either line.
    • Do NOT enter address information in Address Line 3.
  5. Enter the city.
  6. Enter the state/region/province and postal code if these are part of mailing addresses for your country.
  7. Do not “future date” the address.
  8. Click “SAVE”.

Last reviewed: 08/15