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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) charges a fee of $350 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.

Who Is Required To Pay The SEVIS Fee?

Prospective Bethel University F-1 Students Who Are Required to Pay the 

  • Applying for an initial F-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate.
  • Visa-exempt and applying for entry to the U.S. in F-1 status at a port of entry (Canada, Bermuda, etc.).
  • Applying for a change of status to F-1 from another visa status.
  • Current F-1 students who have violated his or her student status, and are applying for reinstatement after more than five months.
  • 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?

  • Continuing students who are extending his or her degree program, transferring to a different school, changing educational levels or programs, or applying for renewal of their F-1 visa.
  • F-2 dependents.
  • For detailed information about paying the I-901 SEVIS fee, please click here.

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.

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