In general, a student requesting an F-1 or J-1 visa is required to pay a SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and retain proof (e.g. payment receipt) that the fee has been paid to present at the time of visa appointment and/or arrival in the U.S. The SEVIS fee is separate from the visa fee you will pay to the embassy or consualte to receive your F-1/J-1 visa.
Canadian citizens must also pay the SEVIS fee and present the receipt at the time of arrival in the U.S.
The current fee: $200 for F-1 students and $180 for J-1 students.
NOTE: Fee increases effective June 24, 2019. On May 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to adjust the I-901 SEVIS fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international studentsand exchange visitors. The final rule will take effect June 24, 2019, at 12:00am Eastern Daylight Time.
The DS-160 Visa Fee has not been adjusted and remains at $160. DHS will implement an increase of the I-901 SEVIS Fee as follows:
- For F-1 international students (issued a Form I-20), the fee will increase from $200 to $350.
- For J-1 exchange visitors and students (issued a Form DS-2019), the fee will increase from $180 to $220.
If you are a SEVIS transfer student who is transferring your existing F-1/J-1 record to UChicago, you do not need to pay the SEVIS fee a second time for the same record.
DHS currently offers three methods of payment:
- Online with a credit card
- Western Union Quick Pay
- By mail
NOTE: Paying the fee online with a credit card or through Western Union is much faster than paying by mail. You will receive a receipt immediately after submitting payment and can move through the process much more quickly.
How to Pay the SEVIS Fee
- Use the I-901 SEVIS fee FAQs for guidance regarding payment method, frequently asked questions, and more.
- Visit the Fee Payment website and follow the instructions.
- Print your receipt and take it with you to your visa appointment and when arriving in the U.S. (you may be asked for it), and make a scanned copy for your records.
Other important points:
- The Study in the States website provides additional information about the SEVIS fee.
- F-2 and J-2 dependents do NOT have to pay the fee. The FAQ on the DHS website includes a list of others who do not have to pay the fee.
- The fee can be paid by anyone on behalf of any student or exchange visitor.
- OIA does not pay the SEVIS fee on your behalf.
- The fee only has to be paid ONCE per initial F-1 or J-1 SEVIS record (i.e. once per SEVIS number)
- A visa application fee will be charged at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in addition to the SEVIS fee.
- The printed confirmation from http://fmjfee.com serves as proof of payment for the SEVIS fee.