Student & Scholar Services » Information Regarding New SEVIS Fee (I-901)
Starting on June 24, 2019 at 12 a.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement a new and increased I-901 SEVIS Fees, as follows:
- The I-901 SEVIS Fee for F and M international students will increase from $200 to $350.
- DHS will maintain the $35 I-901 SEVIS Fee for J exchange visitors in the au pair, camp counselor, and summer work or travel program participant categories, but increase the full I-901 SEVIS Fee for other J exchange visitors from $180 to $220
Regulations require all prospective F, M and J students to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before the Department of State issues a visa. Students and exchange visitors who pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee prior to the fee implementation date, but before they obtain a visa or enter the United States, will not need to pay the difference between the new fee and the old fee. Students will continue to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee on http://www.FMJfee.com.
The I-901 SEVIS Fee is required of all NEW F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors who are applying for visas and have immigration documents issued on or after September 1, 2004. The fee is also required of applicants for change of status to F-1 or J-1 and of F-1 students applying for reinstatement if they have been out of status for over 5 months. F-1 students applying for reinstatement by travel will also be required to pay the fee, whether or not a new visa is required.
Individuals Subject to the I-901 fee
- F-1 and J-1 applying for a visa with I-20 or DS-2019 issued after 9/1/04 for a new program.
- F-1 and J-1 from countries not requiring a visa (Canada) applying for entry to start a new program, with I-20 or DS-2019 issued after 9/1/04.
- Applicants for change of status to F-1 or J-1 with I-20 or DS-2019 issued after 9/1/04.
- F-1 applying for reinstatement if out of status for 5 months or more.
- F-1 continuing student applying for reinstatement through travel, whether or not a new visa is required.
- Returning student out of US for 5 months or more.
Individuals NOT Subject to the I-901 fee
- Continuing F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors who are maintaining status, including those transferring, changing educational level, or extending the program of study.
- New F-1 and J-1 with documents issued prior to 9/1/04.
- Continuing F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors who had been maintaining status and are applying for new visa.
- J-1 exchange visitors sponsored by Federal program (program number begins with “G”)
- F-2 and J-2 dependents.
- F-1 student applying for reinstatement who has been out of status for less than 5 months.
Timing of Fee Payment
Fee must be paid and processed prior to going for visa interview
Fee must be paid and processed prior to entering the US if a visa is not required
Fee must be paid and processed prior to filing an application for change of status to F-1 or J-1
Fee, if required, must be paid and processed prior to filing an application for reinstatement
Completing Form and Methods of Payment
- Applicant must have new I-20 or DS-2019 in hand before filling out form I-901.
- The name, birth date and SEVIS number on the I-901 must be exactly as it appears on the I-20 or DS-2019. If the name or birth date is wrong on the I-20 or DS-2019, contact the school official that issued the I-20 or DS-2019, and request a corrected document prior to paying the I-901 fee.
- New students who have I-20s from several schools should use the information from the I-20 of the school they expect to attend when filling out form I-901. If, prior to the visa interview you decide to go to a different school after paying the fee, the fee can be transferred to the new school only if you can prove that you were admitted to the first school by showing the original I-20 to the Consular Officer. Once the visa is issued, you are required to attend the school indicated on the visa.
- Keep a copy of the fee payment receipt and your original I-20 since you will be required to show this whenever you travel, whenever you apply for an immigration benefit, and whenever your F-2 and J-2 dependents travel.
- The I-901 fee is in addition to the normal fees paid for a visa or for a change of status.
Procedures for Visa Application
- Obtain information on applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa from the US Consulate or Embassy in your country. See http://usembassy.state.gov for a complete list.
- As soon as possible after receiving the I-20 from the school you will attend, schedule your visa interview.
- Complete the visa application forms DS-156, DS-158, and, if required, DS-157.
- Pay the visa application fee following the instructions from the US Embassy or Consulate.
- Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee following instructions at http://www.FMJfee.com.
- Take the following to the visa interview: valid passport, I-20 and letter of admission, completed visa application forms and 2 photographs, receipt for visa application fee, receipt for I-901 SEVIS fee, financial support documents, all documentation that proves you will return to your country after your studies in the US.