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:

  • 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. (Citizens of Canada, Bermuda).

  • Applying for a change of status to F-1 from another visa status.

  • 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?

  • Continuing students who are extending his/her degree program, transferring to a different school, changing educational levels or programs, or applying for renewal of the F-1 visa.

  •  F-2 dependent

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. Detailed information about paying the I-901 Sevis fee can be found on the study in the states website at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students. A tutorial is also provided at this site.

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.