Sevis Fee

The I-901 form is used to transmit the fee for the F and J nonimmigrant reporting system authorised by the Illegal Immigration reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996. Public Law 104-208, Subtitle D, Section 641. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented rules regarding the payment of this fee on September 1, 2004. The fee to be paid by F-1and J-1 students, as well as, J-1 scholars is $200.

The SEVIS fee must be paid and fully processed before the applicant arrives at the consulate for the visa interview. For those individuals who do not need a visa to enter the U.S. as a student or exchange visitor, the fee must be paid and fully processed before applying for entry at a U.S. port-of-entry. Having a receipt for the SEVIS fee payment will facilitate the visa application process. We assist all Students that are willing to further their education in the U.S.A. to make the payment, the fee is $250.


The regulation requires all prospective F and M students to pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee before the Department of State issues you a visa. To pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, visit to access the SEVIS Form I-901. Watch the I-901 SEVIS Fee payment tutorial to learn about each step of the payment process.

 Who needs to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee?

  • All prospective F and M students from countries where a visa to travel to the United States is mandatory.
  • All prospective F and M students from visa waiver countries (before seeking admission at a U.S. port of entry).
  • Any nonimmigrant in the United States applying for a change of nonimmigrant status to F-1 or M-1 status (before applying for a change of nonimmigrant status).
  • An F or M student applying for reinstatement of student status because of a violation of status (before applying with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).
  • An F or M student who has been absent from the United States for more than five months and wishes to re-enter the United States to return for further study in the same course of study (before re-entry into the United States).

A dependent of an F-1, M-1 or J-1 student who will be applying for an F-2, M-2 or J-2 visa does not have to pay an I-901 SEVIS Fee.