What is the SEVIS Fee?

The SEVIS fee is a U.S. government mandated fee to support the operation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The SEVIS fee is a one-time fee paid by new F-1 students or J-1 exchange visitors for each new program. For continuing or transferring F-1 or J-1 students applying for a visa stamp, there is no need to pay the SEVIS fee again.

What information do I need to have to pay the SEVIS fee?

You should have your passport and your I-20 or DS-2019 in front of you when paying the fee. The following information from these documents is required for fee payment:

  • SEVIS ID (which appears above the bar code on the right side of your I-20 or DS-2019)
  • UM F-1 School Code or J-1 Program Number (in Section 2 of I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Passport Number 

When do I need to pay the SEVIS fee?

You should pay the fee at least three (3) business days prior to your visa appointment, change of status filing, or your entry to the U.S. (Citizens of Canada and Bermuda are exempt from visa requirements).

How much is the fee?

Please see the chart below to determine the amount of your fee:

  Visa TypeFee
  F-1$200
  J-1$180

How do I pay the fee?

Online: Go to www.fmjfee.com to pay this fee online with a credit card. Make sure that you are at a computer that has printer access. When you have completed the SEVIS fee payment process, you will be able to print out a receipt documenting payment. Bring this receipt with you to your visa appointment and to the port of entry.

Western Union Quick Pay: See http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/wu_instr.htm for information on how to pay the SEVIS fee using this service.

By Mail: You can download the I-901 form and find information about how to mail in the SEVIS fee payment at http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/I-901.pdf.