I - 901 SEVIS FEE
I-901 SEVI Fee for F, M, & J Non-Immigrant Students & Exchange Visitor
The student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an automated process for collecting, maintaining and managing information about international foreign students, exchange visitors and their dependents during their stay in the United States.
SEVIS System Fee
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides for the collection of a congressionally mandated fee to be paid by certain aliens who are seeking status as nonimmigrant students or as nonimmigrant exchange visitors (J-1). The purpose of this fee is to cover the costs for the continued operation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), including the administration and maintenance of SEVIS, compliance activities, and the establishment of SEVIS Liaison Officers. These SEVIS Liaison Officers will be a local resource for schools and students, providing timely and accurate information or assistance in meeting the requirements of the program.
- For spouses and dependent children (F-2, M-2, or J-2) of students or
- exchange visitors None
- For students (F-1, F-3, M-1, or M-3) $200
- For exchange visitors (J-1): $100
- Summer work/travel program $35
Options for Payment
• Electronically, by completing Form I-901, Fee Remittance for Certain F, M, and J Non-immigrants, through the Internet at www.fmjfee.com using a credit card.
• Through the mail, by submitting Form I-901, together with a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. currency. To ensure electronic verification of the fee payment at the consular office, non-immigrants paying the fee electronically or by mail must submit the fee at least three business days before the scheduled visa interview to the DHS address listed on the Form I-901. This will allow time for the fee to be deposited and payment recorded in SEVIS.
• DHS will issue an official paper receipt (I-797) acknowledging every payment regardless of payment method.
• Express delivery service for the I-797 receipt may be requested at additional cost.
• Anyone who submits an individual fee electronically will be able to print out an electronic receipt immediately at the time of payment for use in advance of the mail delivery of the official paper receipt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which prospective students or exchange visitors must pay the SEVIS fee?
Those who wish to either enter the U.S. as a student or exchange visitor with a Form I-20 or DS-2019 dated after September 1, 2004, except for those participating in a fee exempt exchange visitor program. Fee exempt exchange visitor program codes start with G-1, G-2, or G-3.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides for the collection of a Congressionally mandated fee to be paid by certain aliens who are seeking status as non-immigrant students (visa categories F-1, F-3, M-1, or M-3) or as non-immigrant exchange visitors (visa category J-1).
When do prospective students or exchange visitors pay the SEVIS fee?
Applicants needing a visa to enter the U.S. must pay the SEVIS fee before going to the U.S. embassy or consulate for their visa interview.
Applicants who are citizens of Canada or Bermuda or residents of certain other islands described in 8CFR 212.1a wishing to apply for F-1, F-3, M-1, M-3, or J-1 status at a Port of Entry into the U.S. must pay the SEVIS fee before entering the U.S. Non-immigrants currently in the U.S. who apply for student or exchange visitor status must pay the fee prior to filing their change of status application.