SEVIS Fee Required if Applying for F or J Visa

Am I required to pay a SEVIS fee and, if so, when and how do I make the payment?

Students applying for F or J visas with the initial I-20 or DS-2019 forms issued are required to pay the SEVIS fee (also known as I-901 SEVIS fee). Currently the SEVIS fee is $350 for F-1 students and $220 for J-1 exchange visitors. To pay the SEVIS Fee, visit to access the SEVIS Form I-901. Watch the I-901 SEVIS Fee payment video to learn about each step of the payment process.

You should pay the fee before you go to your visa interview at a United States embassy or consulate. The SEVIS fee payment does not have to be completed until you appear for the interview. You can schedule an interview before you make the SEVIS fee payment. Allow at least three business days for the payment to be received and verified.

Students should bring the SEVIS fee receipt when they apply for their visas.

Frequently asked questions about the SEVIS fee can be found on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.

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