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SEVIS Fee (I-901 Fee)

What is the SEVIS fee?

Beginning September 1, 2004 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began collecting a fee to cover the costs for the continued operation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). This includes the administration and maintenance of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). International students and exchange visitors are required to pay this $200 fee.

Who pays the SEVIS fee?

  • Prospective students with I-20s dated on or after September 1, 2004 who are applying for an initial F-1 visa from outside the United States
  • Prospective students currently in the U.S. applying for a change to F-1 status
  • Continuing students filing an application for reinstatement when they have been out of status for more than five months.
  • Continuing students who are applying for a new visa to return to the United States after an absence of more than five months.

Who does not have to pay the SEVIS fee?

  • Spouses and dependent children with F-2 visas do not have to pay the fee.
  • Continuing F-1 students who transfer to a new school, request a program extension, change their educational level or travel outside of the U.S. for a period of less than 5 months.

How much is the SEVIS fee?

The SEVIS fee is $200 for F-1 visa applicants.

When should I pay the SEVIS fee?

The fee must be paid at least 3 business days before applying for your visa or submitting a change of status request or reinstatement application.

Where can I pay the fee?

The SEVIS fee can only be paid to DHS through the Internet, mail or Western Union. It cannot be paid at a U.S. embassy or consulate and it cannot be paid at the port-of-entry.

How do I pay the SEVIS fee?

The fee is paid to DHS by mail, Internet or Western Union using form I-901. You or a third party can pay it, inside or outside the United States. You cannot pay it until you have received your I-20.

Pay Online (Recommended)

  1. Go to www.FMJfee.com and find form I-901.
  2. Complete the form online and supply your credit card information. Make sure that you type your name exactly the same as it is on your I-20.
  3. Print a copy of the online receipt and keep it with your I-20.

Pay By Mail

You can fill in the Form I-901 online at www.fmjfee.com or send a paper version to:

By Mail

I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
P.O. Box 970020
St. Louis, MO 63197-0020
United States

By Courier (to expedite delivery to SEVP)

I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States

Phone Number: +1 (314) 425-1809

A paper version of the I-901 form can be found at:
https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 (on the right side of the page), or

Pay by Western Union

  1. Fill out the Form I-901 online (fmjfee.com). A payment coupon will be generated upon completion of the form.
  2. Print a copy of the payment coupon and take it to your local Western Union.
  3. Fill out the Quick Collect/Quick Pay Form according to the information found at the bottom of the printed coupon. Example below:

    Company Name (or Code City): SEVISFEE or SEVISFEEMO
    Account Number: Coupon Number
    Amount: 200.00

  4. Present the coupon and your payment to the Western Union Agent for processing.

Checks or money orders must be international money orders or a foreign draft drawn on a financial institution in the United States and payable in United States currency. Checks must be from one of the following:

  • Banks chartered or operated in the United States
  • Foreign subsidiaries of United States banks
  • Foreign banks that have an arrangement with a United States bank to issue a check, money order or foreign draft that is drawn on a United States bank

Make checks and money orders payable to I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee.

Further information about paying the I-901 SEVIS fee can be found at https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq

How will DHS know I paid the fee?

The payment will be recorded in the SEVIS system. However, we strongly recommended that you keep a copy of the paper I-797 or the Internet generated receipt and bring it with you to the visa interview.

Is this fee refundable?

Once paid, the SEVIS fee is non-refundable, even if the visa is denied or, after the visa is issued, a student chooses not to come to the United States. However, if you reapply for a new F-1 visa within 12 months, you do not have to pay the fee again.

For further information on this SEVIS fee or other visa concerns, please contact us or visit the following DHS website: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/

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