In 2004, the U.S. government created an electronic Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) in which all international students and exchange visitors must be registered. You must pay a fee, which is used to administer and maintain this system, before you go to your visa interview at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy.

Note: The SEVIS fee is not the same as the visa application fee.


How to pay

  1. Pay online at with a credit or debit card.
  2. Use Western Union Quick Pay™.
  3. Use a check or a money order, which must be drawn on a U.S. bank.

For more information about these three options, please visit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website.

Note: In box number 2 on the Certificate of Eligibility, you will find Louisiana State University’s School code (I-20) or Exchange Visitor Program number (DS-2019).