The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, also known as SEVIS, is a web database system that contains information on the demographics, academic programs, and financial sponsorship of all non-immigrants on an F-1, J-1 or M-1 visa and their dependents.
How does SEVIS work?
Note: If you are transferring from an educational institution in the U.S. your current international student advisor will need to transfer you within the SEVIS system before we can create a new SEVIS I-20 for you. Please review the transferring section for more information.
Who is required to pay the SEVIS fee?
If you are applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa, you must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee before applying for your visa at the consulate. The I-901 SEVIS fee is $200 for F-1 students and $180 for J-1 students. If you already have a valid F-1 or J-1 visa, but have requested a new initial I-20 because you have been out of the U.S. for more than 5 months, then you need to pay the fee.
Who is not required to pay this fee?
F-2 and J-2 visa applicants are not required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.
How and where can I pay this fee?
You can pay this fee online, through Western Union Quick Pay, by check, or money order. We do not recommend paying by check or money order unless you have sufficient time to mail in your payment and wait to receive a receipt.
For more information about whom pays, when to pay, and how to pay, please go to the SEVIS I-901 Fee Payment website.
SEVIS Web Resources:
The Office of International Student Services is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.