This rule requires F-1 and J-1 visa applicants to pay a one-time fee of U.S. $200 (F-1 students) or U.S. $180 (J-1 exchange visitors) to cover the costs of the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
This fee is different from the visa application fee, and is paid separately.
Note: This fee does not apply to anyone already in the USA with F-1 or J-1 student status.
The fee can be paid by the student or a third-party such a friend, relative, agent, or school.
Note: A visa interview appointment cannot be scheduled until this fee is paid and received by the Department of Homeland Security.
Students must pay the U.S. $200 (F-1 students) or U.S. $180 (J-1 exchange visitors) to DHS at least 3 business days before applying for a visa.
Note: Payment by Internet is processed immediately. At time ofpayment, receipts can be printed directly from the computer.
Note: Payment through Western Union is processed immediately. You will receive a receipt at the time of payment.
Note: Mailing the SEVIS fee does not constitute payment. The fee is processed when it is received by DHS. If payment is mailed, it can take 4-6 weeks to be received and for a receipt to be mailed to you. Therefore, we highly recommend that students pay the fee via the Internet to expedite the process.