SEVIS Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) charges a fee of $200 to F-1 students for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  This fee is in addition to the visa application fee imposed by the U.S. Department of State.

Bethel University School Code is  NOL 214F 10506 000.

 

Who Should Pay the SEVIS Fee?

Prospective Bethel University F-1 students who are:

  1. Applying for an initial F-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate.
  2. Visa exempt and applying for entry to the U.S. in F-1 status at a Port of Entry. (Citizens of Canada, Bermuda).
  3. Applying for a change of status to F-1 from another visa status.
  4. Current F-1 students who have violated his/her student status and are applying for reinstatement after more than five months or  F-1 students who have been outside the U.S. for more than five months and are returning to resume a degree program or begin a new degree program.

 

Who Does Not Have to Pay the SEVIS Fee?

  1. Continuing students who are extending their degree program, transferring to a different school, changing educational levels or programs, or applying for renewal of their F-1 visa.
  2. F-2 dependents

 

Is the SEVIS Fee Transferrable?

Yes.  Please see http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq.htm for detailed instructions.

 

When to pay the SEVIS Fee?

The fee must be paid at least 3 U.S. government business days before your visa interview or before your entry to the U.S. in F-1 status if you are visa exempt.  You may set up the visa appointment before paying the SEVIS fee. 

The SEVIS fee must also be paid before an application for change of status to F-1 or application for reinstatement to F-1 status is submitted to the Department of Homeland Security.

 

What if the Visa Application is Denied?

Your fee payment remains valid for 12 months, so you can re-apply for an F-1 visa within the 12-month period without paying a new fee.  The fee is non-refundable.

 

Where to  pay the Fee?

You must pay the fee directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security via mail, the internet, or Western Union Quick Pay. 

 

How to pay the Fee?

The fee can be paid online (which is strongly recommended), via Western Union  Quick Pay, or by mail.  A third party, such as a family member or friend, may also pay the fee for you.  Online payment is recommended because you will be able to print a receipt immediately, which you can take to your visa interview.

          Online Payment:

  • Go to www.fmjfee.com for the electronic I-901 SEVIS fee application.
  • Complete the form online and pay with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or debit card (with Visa or MasterCard logo
  • Note:  your name should be written EXACTLY as it is on your I-20.
  • Print a copy of the online receipt.
  • Make extra copies of your receipt and keep the receipts in a safe place with your other immigration documents, as you may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later

.         Western Union Quick Pay:

  • Go to http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/wu_instr.htm for instructions and sample Western Union forms, which you should print out, so you can refer to them while at the Western Union Office.  *Note:  there are different instructions depending on whether you are outside or inside the U.S. and whether you are applying for an F, M, or J visa.
  • A form I-797 receipt will be airmailed to you.  Be sure to make extra copies of your receipt and keep them in a safe place with your other immigration documents.  You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later.

         Mail Payment:

  • Go to www.fmjfee.com, complete the form online, choose the option to pay with a check or money order, and print out a payment coupon, or
  • Go to http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/I-901.pdf  for the PDF version of the I-901 SEVIS fee application, print out the I-901 form, and complete it.  *Note:  your name should be written EXACTLY as it is on your I-20.
  • Mail the payment coupon or I-901 form with a check or international money order in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank.  The check or money order should be payable to “I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee” and should have your SEVIS ID# in the memo section.
  • A form I-797 receipt will be airmailed to you.  Be sure to make extra copies of your receipt and keep the receipts in a safe place with your other immigration documents.  You may need to provide proof of having paid the fee later.

 

Does SEVIS Keep a Record of Fee Payment?

Yes, an electronic record of your fee payment should be created in your SEVIS record, but it is strongly recommended that you also keep several paper copies of your receipt.