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SEVIS Fee Requirement for F-1 Students

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires F-1 and J-1 visa applicants to pay a one-time fee to supplement the administration and maintenance costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This fee is known as the SEVIS/I-901 fee and is required of all applicants seeking a student visa: $350 for F-1 applicants or $220 for J-1 applicants. The following information specifically addresses fee issues for F-1 students. Please click the question to view the corresponding answer.


Who pays the SEVIS fee?
Will other F-1 students in the US have to pay?
What about my F-2 dependents?
Do I have to pay again if I transfer to another school, travel outside the US or renew my visa?
When do I pay the SEVIS fee?
Can I pay the SEVIS fee at a university, consulate or port of entry?
How do I pay the fee?
Will the DHS keep a record of my payment on file?
Is my paid SEVIS fee transferable if I pay for one school, and then I change my mind and want to attend another?
What do I need to do to apply for an F-1 visa, change of status or reinstatement?
What if my F-1 visa application is denied?

For more information regarding the new SEVIS fee requirement or other visa-related matters, contact

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