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SEVIS Fees

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses SEVIS fee payments to fund and maintain the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), the immigration database used to process documents for international students and exchange visitors during their stay in the United States.

 

All new international students and exchange visitors are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. If your I‐20 or DS‐2019 is marked for Initial Attendance, you will need to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. This fee is separate from visa fees.

 

F‐1 student cost: $200.  J‐1 student cost: $180.

 

TO PAY ON-LINE (RECOMMENDED FOR IMMEDIATE RECEIPT): Citizens of Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, or Kenya cannot pay online.

  • Complete the Form I‐901 at www.fmjfee.com. Be sure to write your name exactly how it appears on your I‐20 DS‐2019 form.

  • Supply your Visa, MasterCard or American Express information.

  • Print a copy of the online receipt.

  • Make copies of your receipt and keep it with your other important immigration documents.

TO PAY BY MAIL:

  • Download Form I‐901 “Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Nonimmigrants” at  http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 OR request a form by phone at 1‐800‐870‐3676 (inside the U.S.). Be sure to write your name on the form exactly how it appears on your I‐20 or DS‐2019 form.

  • Prepare a check, international money order or foreign draft (drawn on U.S. banks only) for the appropriate amount, made payable to “Department of Homeland Security.”

  • Mail the I‐901 and payment to the address listed on Form I‐901.

  • A receipt confirmation letter (Form I-797) should be mailed within 3 days of processing the fee. Make copies of this receipt letter and keep it with your other important immigration documents.

 

TO PAY BY WESTERN UNION QUICK PAY:

  • Visit http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/wu_instr.htm. Print out and bring a copy of these instructions along with a copy of the sample form to a local participating Western Union Agent location.

  • Go to a local participating Western Union Agent location. To find the nearest Western Union Agent location, go to http://www.payment‐solutions.com/agent.asp and select a country or call the telephone number of the Western Union Commercial Services Network Agent in your country.

  • Request and fill out the blue form. You must request a Blue Form at the Western Union Agent location. This form may show words such as “Payment Services” or “Quick Pay” printed in the applicable local language. Once you have obtained the Blue Form, you must fill out all appropriate information. The completed Western Union receipt serves as immediate proof‐of‐payment for a visa interview.

You must bring the receipt of fee payment with you to the visa interview.  If you are confused about whether you need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, read the infomation available on the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement website

If you are still uncertain, there is a telephone number for the I-901 SEVIS Fee Customer Service Hotline that you can call, available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time : (703) 603-3400. You can also email your questions to fmjfee.SEVIS@ice.dhs.gov . International Students and Exchange Visitors may call or email all questions regarding the I-901 SEVIS fee that cannot be answered after viewing the information available at the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement website .