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BridgeUSA Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa) allows FUSIA as a State-Department designated sponsor to bring qualified foreign nationals to intern or be trained in the United States.
Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system that the DHS uses to collect and maintain information regarding nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors, State Department-designated sponsors, and SEVP-certified schools. Both Form DS-2019 (original) and Form DS-7002 are created using SEVIS. Mandated by the US Congress in 2004, an I-901 SEVIS fee is charged by the US government to each incoming F/M/J nonimmigrant student and exchange visitor to support the administration and maintenance of the SEVIS.

Data in SEVIS must be accurate, current, and complete. Failing to maintain accurate and current record of the exchange visitor and his/her host may affect the exchange intern’s ability to remain in or return to the United States.
Definition. SEVIS protects national security while supporting the legal entry and stay of the more than one million F/M/J nonimmigrants coming to the United States for educational and cultural exchange programs.

Purpose. It facilitates timely electronic reporting and foreign students and exchange visitors, as well as their dependents, and maintains foreign students and exchange visitors’ data accessible by US Department of State-designated EVP sponsors, and Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified schools, and US government partners involved in the international student and exchange visitor process. The US Department of State and Student and Exchange Visitor Program also rely on SEVIS to track and monitor schools, students, and exchange visitor programs for compliance with US laws.

SEVIS ID. For exchange visitors, a SEVIS ID is obtained along with their acceptance to the BridgeUSA by a program sponsor. Upon successful registration with SEVIS, the SEVIS-generated Form DS-2019 will show the exchange visitors’ unique SEVIS ID that begins with the letter N and has 9 digits. You may locate your SEVIS ID number in the upper right-hand corner of your Form DS-2019.

SEVIS fee. Generally, a new F-1, M-1, or J-1 nonimmigrant visa applicant who receives their new I-20 or DS-2019 form (when a new SEVIS record is created) are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. Participants may pay this fee on their own via or through us - click HERE for more.