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General provisions of the SEVIS rule

2022-04-22 12:38 SEVISFEE.COM

Generally, the rule levies a fee of $350. Some applicants for certain J-1 exchange visitor programs will pay a fee of $220, others a reduced fee of $35 and certain other applicants will be exempt from the fee.

The final rule explains who is required to pay the fee, describes the consequences that a person seeking F-1, F-3, M-1, M-3 or J-1 nonimmigrant status faces upon failure to pay the fee and specifies who is exempt from the fee.

The purpose of the fee has been to cover the costs of developing and deploying the next modifications to SEVIS as well as administering and maintaining the current version of SEVIS, which includes ensuring compliance with the system’s requirements by individuals, schools and exchange visitor program sponsors.

Effective June 24, 2019, all students and exchange visitors will be required to pay the new and increased fees.

Potential nonimmigrants, for purposes of the SEVIS Fee rule, are:

  • Those who apply to the Department of State (DoS) or DHS for initial attendance as an F, M or J nonimmigrant

  • Nonimmigrants in the United States that apply for a change of status to an F, M or J classification

  • Current J-1 nonimmigrants that apply for a J-1 category change.

Regulation requires all prospective F, M and J students to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before the Department of State issues a visa. Students who pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee prior to the fee implementation date, but before they obtain a student visa or enter the United States, will not need to pay the difference between the new fee and the old fee.

If a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 for initial status in a new program was issued on or after October 27, 2008, the nonimmigrant traveling on that document will be required to pay the fee. This does not include F-1 students who are transferring or changing level to attend a new program while maintaining F status. See the section, Do I pay the fee?, for who needs to pay the fee.