Who must pay the SEVIS fee?

  • Non-immigrants requesting F-1, J-1, or M-1 status
  • When I-20 or DS-2019 is issued on or after September 1, 2004
  • Initial attendance when:
    • Immigration status desired is F-1, F-3, J-1, M-1, or M-3
    • Applying for a visa for entrance to the United States, or
    • Applying for a change of status within the United States.
  • Continuing attendance when:
    • Applying for a visa when the fee has not previously been paid.
    • Applying for a visa after remaining outside the U.S. for more than 5 months.
    • Applying for reinstatement after the allowed period of time.

When must the SEVIS fee be paid?

  • Before applying for a visa overseas at a U.S. consular office.
  • Before applying for a change of status within the U.S.
  • Before applying for a change of exchange visitor (J-1) category.
  • Before entry to the U.S. at a POE by individuals who do not require an F, J, or M visa (e.g. Canadians).

To Whom must the SEVIS fee be paid?
The fee must be paid directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

How must the SEVIS fee be paid?

  • Internet: submit Form I-901 electronically and pay in U.S. dollar funds by
    • Credit card, or
    • Other acceptable means of electronic payment
  • By mail: submit Form I-901 to DHS by mail and pay in U.S. dollar funds by:
    • Check
    • Money order or
    • Foreign draft drawn on a U.S. bank.
  • Western Union Payment

Where can I get form I-901?

Online at

What address do I use to apply online?

What is the amount of the SEVIS fee?

  • $200 for all F-1 F-3, M-1, and M-3 applicants
  • $180 for J-1 exchange applicants: Student, Short Term, Research Scholar, Professor
  • $0 for federally sponsored  J-1 exchanges (program codes start with G)
  • $ 35 for J-1 applicants in the following categories:
    1. Au Pair
    2. Camp Counselor
    3. Summer Work/Travel

What is the UNT School Code used for F-1s on the I-901 form?

What is the UNT Program Number used for J-1s on the I-901 form?

What record will the applicant receive to prove that the SEVIS fee has been paid?

  • If paid by mail, a paper receipt will be sent to the applicant.
  • If paid by Internet, an electronic record will be created within DHS. In addition, the applicant should print out a receipt of the internet transaction.

How early must the Department of Homeland Security receive the SEVIS fee?
Payment must be received at least three working days (U.S. government schedule of working days) before applying for a visa, sending in an application for change of status, or before entering the U.S. by individuals not required to present a visa. Otherwise, present the receipt.

What must the applicant do with the SEVIS fee receipt?

  • Keep the receipt as permanent proof of the SEVIS fee payment.
  • Take the receipt to the visa interview.
  • Include a photocopy of the receipt in the change of status application.

When are individuals NOT subject to the SEVIS fee?

  1. Extending continuing programs in the U.S.
  2. Changing educational levels, or fields of study in the U.S.
  3. Transferring schools or sponsors in the U.S.
  4. Applying for OPT or AT, or
  5. Applying for a visa for continuing a program - but only if a fee has previously been paid for that status, or document issued before 9/1/04.

Who is NEVER subject to the SEVIS fee?

  • All dependents in F-2, J-2, or M-2 status.
  • J-1 participants sponsored by a U.S. government organization with the program sponsor designations of G-1, G-2, or G-3.