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The I-901 SEVIS fee is charged by the DHS to all prospective F/M/J nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors. Such fees are used to support the administration and maintenance of SEVIS, a web-based system used to monitor and track F-1 students, J-1 exchange visitors and their dependents. Bring a copy of the receipt to the visa interview and when entering the US.
Step 1 Get ready. After program acceptance and being issued SEVIS ID, pay the USD 220 SEVIS fee that is charged to each prospective exchange intern/trainee. Applicants may choose to pay the SEVIS fee on their own or via FUSIA. If the former option is chosen, complete the online form via Otherwise, add USD 220 to the program fee. After being issued the SEVIS ID, pay the SEVIS fee via FUSIA or on your own. If the former, include USD 220 to the program fee.

Who to pay? Generally, new F-1, M-1, or J-1 nonimmigrant visa applicants (including Canadian citizens) who receive their new I-20 or DS-2019 form (when a new SEVIS record is created) are required to pay this fee. This fee is separate from any nonimmigrant visa application and program sponsor fees and is not applicable to dependents unless they are applying to change status to F-1, M-1, or J-1 and those who have a program code starts with G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7.

How much to pay? The SEVIS fee varies by program type. This fee is in addition to the program administration fee and is paid online after issuance of Form DS-2019. For exchange interns/trainees, this fee amounts to USD 220. For exchange summer work/travel, au pair, or camp counselor, this fee amounts to USD 35. If attending two programs at the same time, regardless of the program type, participants are required to pay this fee twice. Note that this fee is nonrefundable whether the visa application is approved or denied. If reapplying in the same program type within 12 months, the applicant may not need to pay this fee again. Email or call 703-603-3400.

Step 2 Enter information. Reference the “cheat sheet” on the next page and pay this fee by completing the online form at If the fee is paid via FUSIA, skip this step.

Step 3 Submit. If it is paid directly by the participant, upload a copy of the receipt via #32 Form I-901 SEVIS Payment upload button after paying. If the fee is paid via FUSIA, download the receipt by clicking the file icon above button #32.

• Pay this fee at least five business days prior to the visa interview (or entry to the US for Canadians)
• Bring a copy of the payment receipt to the visa interview and when entering the US