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SEVIS Fee

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published and implemented a SEVIS Fee. The SEVIS fee is charged to all new international students applying for an initial F-1 or J-1 visa from a U.S. embassy or American consulate office.

The SEVIS fee is effective September 1, 2004.

You may also visit the Federal Register Notice if you would like the full text of the DHS SEVIS fee regulations.

Who Needs to Pay the SEVIS Fee

Who Does Not Need to Pay the SEVIS Fee

Payment Options

  1. Payment by credit card online through the SEVIS fee Processing web site (Master Card, Visa, and American Express are acceptable)
  2. Payment in U.S. dollars by personal check or bank draft drawn from a U.S. bank

Please note that a third party (such as friends and relatives or a sponsor) can help you pay the SEVIS fee. The person who is helping you pay the SEVIS fee must provide your information on Form I-901 as it appears on your form I-20 or DS2019.

If you have any question concerning the SEVIS fee, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records International Admission Unit at 312-996-7740