SEVIS Fee

Effective September 1, 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began imposing a SEVIS fee on all new applicants for F-1, F-3, J-1, M-1 and M-3 visas or status whose INITIAL I-20 or DS-2019 forms were issued on or after September 1, 2004.

As of October 27, 2008, the SEVIS fee is $200 for those in F-1 and F-3 status; $180 for those in J-1 status.

The SEVIS fee is mandated by Congress to be used for the operational costs of the SEVIS program. SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is a computer system which manages data on all persons in F, J and M status in the U.S. At UTHSC, we do not have an M student (vocational studies) program.

Below is information specifically for F-1 Students and J-1 Exchange Visitors:

F-1

Who Should Pay the SEVIS Fee?

Prospective UTHSC F-1 students who are:

  • applying for an initial F-1 visa at a U.S. consulate
  • visa exempt and applying for entry to the U.S. in F-1 status at a Port of Entry (Canadians, Bermudians)
  • applying for a change of status to F-1 from another visa status

Current F-1 students who:

  • have fallen out of status and are applying for reinstatement after more than 5 months
  • have been outside the U.S. for more than 5 months and are returning to resume a degree program or begin a new degree program

Who Does NOT Have to Pay the Fee?

Continuing students who are:

  • extending their degree program
  • transferring to a different school
  • changing educational levels or programs
  • applying for renewal of their F-1 visa

F-2 dependents

Is the SEVIS Fee Transferable?

Yes. Please see http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq.htm for detailed instructions.

When Do I Pay the Fee?

The fee must be paid at least 3 U.S. government business days before your visa interview or before your entry to the U.S. in F-1 status if you are visa exempt. You may set up the visa appointment before paying the fee.

The fee must also be paid before an application for change of status to F-1 or application for reinstatement to F-1 status is submitted to the Department of Homeland Security.

My Visa Application Was Denied -- What Now?

Your fee payment remains valid for 12 months, so you can re-apply for an F-1 visa within the 12-month period without paying a new fee. The fee is not refundable.

Where Do I Pay the Fee?

You must pay the fee directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security via mail, the internet or Western Union Quick Pay.

How Do I Pay the Fee?

The fee can be paid online (which we strongly recommend), via Western Union Quick Pay, or by mail. A third party, such as a family member or friend, may also pay the fee for you. Online payment is recommended because you will be able to print a receipt immediately, which you can bring to your visa interview.

Online Payment

  • Go to www.fmjfee.com for the electronic I-901 SEVIS fee application
  • Complete the form online and pay with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) or debit card (with Visa or Mastercard logo). *Note: Your name should be written EXACTLY as it is on your I-20
  • Print a copy of the online receipt
  • Make extra copies of your receipt and keep the receipts in a safe place with your other immigration documents. You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later on.

Western Union Quick Pay

  • Go to http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/wu_instr.htm for instructions and sample Western Union forms, which you should print out, so you can refer to them while at the Western Union office. Note: there are different instructions depending on whether you are outside or inside the U.S. and whether you are applying for an F/M or J visa.
  • Request the Blue Form and complete it as shown in the sample form you printed out. Pay the $200 fee in your local currency.
  • Make sure you enter the address where you wish to receive the SEVIS fee receipt from the U.S.
  • A form I-797 receipt will be airmailed to you. Be sure to make extra copies of your receipt and keep them in a safe place with your other immigration documents. You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later on.

Mail Payment

  • Go to www.fmjfee.com, complete the form online and choose the option to pay with a check or money order, and print out a payment coupon, or
  • Go to http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/I-901.pdf for the PDF version of the I-901 SEVIS fee application,print out the I-901 form and complete it. *Note: Your name should be written EXACTLY as it is on your I-20
  • Mail the payment coupon or I-901 form with a check or international money order in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. The check or money order should be payable to "I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee" and should have your SEVIS ID # in the memo section.
  • A form I-797 receipt will be airmailed to you. Be sure to make extra copies of your receipt and keep the receipts in a safe place with your other immigration documents. You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later on.

Does SEVIS Keep a Record of Fee Payment?

Yes, an electronic record of your fee payment should be created in your SEVIS record, but it is strongly recommended that you also keep several paper copies of your receipt.

J-1

Who Should Pay the SEVIS Fee?

J-1 exchange visitors beginning a new program at UTHSC who are:

  • applying for an initial J-1 visa at a U.S. consulate
  • visa exempt and applying for entry to the U.S. in J-1 status at a Port of Entry (Canadians, Bermudians)
  • applying for a change of status to J-1 from another visa status

Current J-1 exchange visitors who:

  • have fallen out of status and are applying for reinstatement after more than 120 days
  • wish to change exchange visitor category (e.g. from Research Scholar to Student).  Exception: changing from the Research Scholar to the Professor category or vice versa is NOT considered a change of category and no fee should be paid
  • wish to participate in a new J program

Who Does NOT Have to Pay the Fee?

Continuing exchange visitors who are:

  • extending their program
  • transferring to a different program
  • applying for renewal of their J-1 visa for a continuing J program

Is the SEVIS Fee Transferable?

Yes. Please see http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq.htm for detailed instructions.

When Do I Pay the Fee?

The fee must be paid at least 3 U.S. government business days before your visa interview or before your entry to the U.S. in J-1 status if you are visa exempt.  You may set up the visa appointment before paying the fee.

The fee must also be paid before an application for change of status to J-1 is submitted to the Department of Homeland Security or an application for reinstatement to J-1 status is submitted to the Department of State.

My Visa Application Was Denied -- What Now?

Your fee payment remains valid for 12 months, so you can re-apply for a J-1 visa within the 12-month period without paying a new fee. The fee is not refundable.

Where Do I Pay the Fee?

You must pay the fee directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security via mail or the internet.

How Do I Pay the Fee?

The fee can be paid online (which we strongly recommend) or by mail. A third party, such as a family member or friend, may also pay the fee for you. Online payment is recommended because you will be able to print a receipt immediately, which you can bring to your visa interview.

Online Payment

  • Go to www.fmjfee.com for the electronic I-901 SEVIS fee application
  • Complete the form online and pay with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) or debit card (with Visa or Mastercard logo). *Note: Your name should be written EXACTLY as it is on your DS-2019
  • Print a copy of the online receipt
  • Make extra copies of your receipt and keep the receipts in a safe place with your other immigration documents. You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later on.

Western Union Quick Pay

  • Goto http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/wu_instr.htm for instructions and sample Western Union forms, which you should print out, so you can refer to them while at the Western Union office. Note: there are different instructions depending on whether you are outside or inside the U.S. and whether you are applying for an F/M or J visa.
  • Request the Blue Form and complete it as shown in the sample form you printed out. Pay the $180 fee in your local currency.
  • Make sure you enter the address where you wish to receive the SEVIS fee receipt from the U.S.
  • A form I-797 receipt will be airmailed to you. Be sure to make extra copies of your receipt and keep them in a safe place with your other immigration documents. You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later on.

Mail Payment

  • Go to www.fmjfee.com, complete the form online and choose the option to pay with a check or money order, and print out a payment coupon, or
  • Go to http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/I-901.pdf for the PDF version of the I-901 SEVIS fee application, print out the I-901 form and complete it. *Note: Your name should be written EXACTLY as it is on your DS-2019
  • Mail the payment coupon or I-901 form with a check or international money order in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. The check or money order should be payable to "I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee" and should have your SEVIS ID # in the memo section.
  • A form I-797 receipt will be airmailed to you. Be sure to make extra copies of your receipt and keep the receipts in a safe place with your other immigration documents. You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later on.

Does SEVIS Keep a Record of Fee Payment?

Yes, an electronic record of your fee payment should be created in your SEVIS record, but it is strongly recommended that you also keep several paper copies of your receipt.

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