The SEVIS fee is a one-time fee to cover the costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This fee is collected by the Department of Homeland Security.
Continuing J-1 Exchange Visitors do not have to pay the fee unless circumstances change so that they fit one of the categories mentioned above.
J-2 dependents do not have to pay the fee.
The SEVIS fee is not required when continuing J-1 Exchange Visitors transfer to another J-1 program, change to another degree program or level or request a program extension.
The fee can be paid online, by mail or via Western Union. It must be accompanied by Form I-901. It can be paid by you or by a third party, inside or outside the U.S.
If your country of citizenship or country of birth is Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or Gambia, you will not be able to pay the fee by credit card. You must pay by money order, Western Union Quick Pay, or certified check drawn on a U.S. financial institution.
Yes, the SEVIS fee is transferable as long as it is in the same Exchange Visitor category. For instructions, please visit https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq.
The SEVIS fee will not be refunded. However, if you reapply for a new J-1 visa within 12 months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again.
Fee payments should be entered into your permanent immigration (SEVIS) record, but it is strongly recommended that you retain a copy of your receipt.