What is the SEVIS fee?
This is a fee that F-1 and M-1 students who have received an I-20 need to pay before they can apply for a visa or enter the U.S. Please note that the SEVIS fee is a government fee and not a school or visa fee.
How much is the SEVIS Fee and who needs to pay it?
The SEVIS fee is a one-time charge of $200 (U.S. Dollars). F-1 and M-1 students are
required to pay it.
For details, please visit: http://www.ice.gov
Dependents are not required to pay the fee.
How do I pay the SEVIS Fee?
You can pay the SEVIS fee electronically or by mail by submitting Form I-901. Please visit the official SEVIS fee website for instructions on how to pay: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm
When am I required to pay the SEVIS Fee?
The SEVIS fee must be paid after you have received your I-20 and before your visa appointment. Consulates need to confirm that applicants have paid this fee before they can issue a visa. If you are paying electronically, you will be able to print out a receipt immediately that you can take to the consulate as proof of payment.
What about Canadian Students?
Canadian F-1 students are also required to pay the SEVIS fee. You will need to prove that you have paid the fee when you are entering the U.S. at a port of entry.
How can I prove to the consulate or border inspector that I paid the fee?
Please bring your receipt with you. Please see 3 and 4 above.
Can someone else pay the fee for me?
Yes. A third party such as family members or friends can pay the SEVIS fee for you. Make sure that you ask them to give you the receipt and proof of payment.
For additional details about the SEVIS fee, including information in other languages, please visit the official Department of Homeland Security SEVIS fee website at: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm