What is the SEVIS Fee?

Effective September 1, 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has imposed a SEVIS fee on all new applicants for F-1 and J-1 visas.
When Do I Pay the Fee?

The fee must be paid at least 3 U.S. government business days before your visa interview or before your entry to the U.S. in F-1 status if you are visa exempt. You may set up the visa appointment before paying the fee.

The fee must also be paid before an application for change of status to F-1 or application for reinstatement to F-1 status is submitted to the Department of Homeland Security.

How Do I Pay the Fee?

Online Payment:

  1. Go to http://www.fmjfee.com/ for the electronic I-901 SEVIS fee application
  2. Complete the form online and pay with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) or debit card (with Visa or Mastercard logo). *Note: Your name should be written EXACTLY as it is on your I-20
  3. Print a copy of the online receipt
  4. Make extra copies of your receipt and keep the receipts in a safe place with your other immigration documents.
  5. You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later on.

 

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