SEVP Fee Rule: What Students Should Know
On May 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to adjust the fees charged to international students, exchange visitors and Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified (SEVP) schools. At 12 a.m. EDT on June 24, 2019, all students will be required to pay the new and increased fees.
These are the fee changes that will impact students:
- The I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee for F and M international students will increase from $200 to $350.
- DHS will maintain the $35 I-901 SEVIS Fee for J exchange visitors in the au pair, camp counselor, and summer work or travel program participant categories, but increase the full I-901 SEVIS Fee for other J exchange visitors from $180 to $220.
As a reminder, regulation requires that you pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before the U.S. Department of State issues you a visa. You must present proof of your I-901 SEVIS Fee payment at your visa interview. If you pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee but don’t obtain a your visa or enter the United States prior to June 24, you will not need to pay the difference between the new fee and the old fee.