Guidance for SEVIS Fee Payment Information

For more detailed information regarding SEVIS fee payment, please see the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (US ICE) website.

ExpandIn general, who does not pay the fee?

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In general, students who meet all of the following criteria do not have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee:

  1. Student started at a school or a program with a Form I-20 or DS-2019 dated before September 1, 2004
  2. Stduent has not completed a program, including students who transfer schools or changed program levels.
  3. Student has maintained status without interruption of studies (other than summer semesters).

ExpandI understand that the SEVIS fee is increasing on October 07, 2008. Do I need to pay the fee again to remain a valid F-1/J-1 if the SEVIS fee I previously paid was $100?

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No. If you have paid the SEVIS fee at $100 in the past and you meet the three (3) criteria listed in the section above, you do not have to pay the SEVIS fee again for the increase.

ExpandIf I am a student or exchange visitor who started school or a program before September 1, 2004, do I need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee?

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No. Any continuing student or exchange visitor who received an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 dated prior to September 1, 2004 and has not completed their schooling or exchange visitor program and has maintained status does not need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.

Even if you receive a Form I-20 or DS-2019 from your school or exchange visitor program with updated information printed on or after September 1, 2004, you do not need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. Payment is determined by the original issuance date.

ExpandIf I paid the SEVIS I-901 fee, and am transferring from another school or exchange program, do I have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee again?

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No. You do not have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee again unless the SEVIS number on your new I-20 or DS-2019 from your transfer school or exchange program has a different SEVIS number than on your SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.

ExpandIf I paid the SEVIS I-901 fee, do I have to pay it again to renew my visa?

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Unless the SEVIS number on your fee receipt differs from your current I-20 or DS-2019, you do not have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee again. You should bring your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt as evidence for the visa interview.

Source: SEVIS I-901 Fee Frequently Asked Questions, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement website: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq.htm