Student and Exchange Visitor visa (F/M/J) applicants are also required to pay a SEVIS fee in addition to the visa application fee. There are exemptions for certain J visa applicants and continuing students who are not required to pay the fee, for detailed information, please read the instructions below. To pay a SEVIS fee, please visit

Persons applying for F-1, M-1 and J-1 visas with I-20 or DS-2019 forms issued on or after September 1, 2004. The sponsor or a third party can also pay the fee.


Derivative F-2, M-2 or J-2 visas applicants; J-1 applicants participating in programs sponsored by the U.S. Government whose program number prefix begins with G-1, G-2 , G-3, or G-7; Please visit the SEVIS website for further information.

  • F-1 and M-1:  $350
  • J-1:  $220
  • Certain short-term exchange visitors (au pairs, summer work/travel and camp counselors) will pay a reduced fee, $35.

Please see here for details.

The SEVIS fee must be paid prior to visa application to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. Proof of payment must be presented at the time the applicant applies for the visa. It cannot be paid at the Embassy. The fee must be processed at least three business days prior to the date of the visa interview. The SEVIS fee is non-refundable.

Payment method:

Through the internet. Electronic submission of Form I-901 and payment of the SEVIS fee using a credit card (Visa/Master/AmericanExpress).

SEVIS Payment Site:

The person paying the fee can print out the fee receipt from the FMJFEE website. You will need this receipt to apply for the visa. If there is any doubt as to whether or not the fee has been paid, you may confirm receipt of payment by either e-mailing the SEVP School Certification Branch at or calling them at (US) 1-703-603-3400.

Not necessarily. If you are a continuing student or continuing to participate in the same exchange visitor program and you have continued to maintain your status, you do not need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before applying for a new visa.

However, you do need to pay the fee if you are starting a new program or course of study (excluding F students who are transferring schools or changing program levels.)

Applicants who paid the SEVIS I-901 fee, were denied a visa and are applying again for the same type of visa within 12 months of the initial SEVIS I-901 fee payment (exchange visitors must applying in the same category as the previous application and the SEVIS I-901 fee amount must be the same or less than the fee originally paid) do not need to pay a new SEVIS fee.

For more information, please see “Who pays – or does not pay – the SEVIS I-901 fee” on the SEVIS fee website.