Who pays the fee?
Persons applying for F-1, M-1 and J visas with I-20 or DS-2019 forms issued on or after September 1, 2004. The sponsor or a third party can also pay the fee.
Derivative F-2, M-2 or J-2 visa applicants; individuals participating in a program sponsored by the U.S. Government whose program number prefix begins with G-1, G-2 , G-3, or G-7; and those with I-20 or DS-2019 forms issued before September 1, 2004 are not subject to the SEVIS fee.
How much is the fee?
The SEVIS fee for F-1 and M-1 is $200, and J-1 is $180. Certain short-term exchange visitors (au pairs, summer work/travel and camp counselors) will pay a reduced fee of $35.
When and how must the fee be paid?
The SEVIS fee must be paid prior to visa application to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. Proof of payment must be presented at the time the applicant applies for the visa. It cannot be paid at the Embassy. The fee must be processed at least three business days prior to the date of the visa interview. The SEVIS fee is non-refundable.
- By mail. Applicants must submit a Form I-901, Fee Remittance for Certain F, M and J Nonimmigrants, together with a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. currency.
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
P.O. Box 970020
St. Louis, MO 63197-0020
- Through the internet. Electronic submission of Form I-901 and payment of the SEVIS fee using a credit card (Visa/Master/AmericanExpress). Further information is available on the SEVIS I-901 fee processing website.
You should check with your school or sponsor. The person paying the fee will receive a receipt, either by return mail or electronically. Those paying through the internet may print out the fee receipt. You will need this receipt to apply for the visa. If there is any doubt as to whether or not the fee has been paid, you may confirm receipt of payment by either e-mailing the SEVP School Certification Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling them at (202) 305-2346.
Do I need to pay the SEVIS fee each time I apply for a visa?
Please visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website on the SEVIS I-901 Fee Process for the most updated guidance on SEVIS fees.