SEVIS Fee Information

What is the SEVIS fee?

This is a fee that F-1 students who have received an I-20 need to pay before they can apply for a visa. Consulates need to confirm that applicants have paid this fee before they can issue a visa. If you are paying electronically, be sure to print out a receipt. Take this with you to your visa interview as proof of payment.

The SEVIS fee is paid to the U.S. government, not to Shoreline, and is separate from visa fees.

How do I pay the SEVIS fee?

You can pay the I-901 SEVIS fee online by credit card at or by check, money order, or bank draft. Please visit the official SEVIS fee website for more details.

Can someone else pay the fee for me?

Yes. A third party such as a family member or friend 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.