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International Student SEVIS Flag

Students identified by the SEVIS flag in Poly Profile are international students in F-1 or J-1 visa status. They have federal visa regulation requirements in addition to the Cal Poly student requirements. These students have records that are managed by the International Center in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which is a database maintained and monitored by the Department of Homeland Security.

The International Center is identifying these international students for faculty and advising staff because special considerations should be taken when advising these students to avoid any violations of visa status. The International Center must pre-approve some activities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Under-enrollment
  • Leaves of absence
  • Off-campus employment, including volunteer jobs and internships
  • Course withdrawals (including WU)
  • Current and retroactive term withdrawals
Please contact an international student advisor at with any questions. Also encourage students to contact us if they have questions related to their visa status.

Thank you,

International Students and Scholars
International Center
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


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