F-1 visa applicants

A SEVIS I-901 fee payment is required for F-1 students and the receipt must be included with all F-1 visa applications. Those seeking an F-1 visa are subject to a SEVIS fee of $350. Students should be prepared to present the SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt at the U.S. port of entry. Students with a country of citizenship or country of birth of Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Gambia must pay by money order, Western Union Quick Pay or certified check drawn from a U.S. bank. All other students also have the option to make a credit card payment. Click here to pay the SEVIS fee.

J-1 visa applicants

A SEVIS fee receipt must be included with most visa applications. Those seeking a J-1 visa are subject to a SEVIS fee of $220. Students should be prepared to present this payment receipt at the U.S. port of entry. Canadian citizens must also pay the SEVIS fee before entering the U.S. J-2 dependents are not required to pay the SEVIS fee. The SEVIS fee cannot be processed at a U.S. Consulate or U.S. ports of entry. However, the fee can be paid on the processing website for SEVP.

SEVIS Fees

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased federal fees charged by the SEVP to international students and exchange visitors.

  • The I-901 SEVIS Fee for F international students: $350.
  • J Exchange Visitors fees: $220.

Federal regulation requires all prospective international students and exchange visitors to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee upon receipt of Form I-20 or DS 2019 and prior to scheduling the visa appointment with U.S. consulates abroad.

Additional information on visa applications and processes can be found on Study in the States website.